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Bylaws, bylaws and bylaws

Michele du Plessis

Bylaws and regulations: what is allowed and what is not. If you are unsure if your neighbour may burn his rubbish or hold a party until the wee hours of the morn’, search for the answers in the Provincial Gazette, published 5 April 2019, the Provincial Notice 45 of 2019 – Thaba Chweu By-Laws:

“The Municipal Manager of the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality hereby, in terms of section 13(a) of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000), publishes the Bylaws pertaining to…”, for example Community Fire Safety By-laws for Fire and Rescue Services for the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality; Cleaning Services/Solid Waste Management By-laws; Parking Meter By-law; Impoundment By-laws;  By-laws for the Control of Outdoor Advertising in the TCLM area; Street Trading By-law and so forth.

Regarding the various complaints the last few days on the WhatsApp groups about permits for burning waste, permits for events and other related complaints, it is interesting to see what the bylaws have to say.

Noise nuisance:  No 64 Page 505 –

No person shall in a public place—

(a) cause or permit to be caused a disturbance by shouting, screaming or making any other loud or persistent noise or sound, including amplified noise or sound; or

(b) Permit noise from a private residence or business to be audible in a public place,

(c) Unless such persons have a permit to use such loudhailers, amplifiers or loudspeakers to amplify the sound.

Burning of waste: No 41, Page 165

  1. (1) No person shall burn waste except at –

(a) An authorized incinerator operated by the municipality;

(b) An incinerator which is permitted to incinerate such waste according to all relevant legislation which is owned by an institution or private owner;

(c) A place designated by the municipality for such purpose.

(2) A person who contravenes a provision of subsection 1 commits an offence and shall be liable to a penalty.


Combustible material: Page 61

  1. (1) a person may not store, transport, use or display or cause or permit to be stored, transported,

Used or displayed, whether inside or outside any premises, any combustible material or a flammable substance in quantities or in a position or in a manner likely to cause or create a fire hazard or other threatening danger.

(2) The owner or person in charge of any premises may not permit vegetation to grow or accumulate thereon, or other combustible material to accumulate thereon, in a manner likely to cause a fire hazard or other threatening danger.

If you want to make sure about specific bylaws, download a copy of the Government Gazette. The Government Gazette Vol. 26, No. 3031 of 5 April 2019 is available free online at


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