A Boost for Durban Ratepayers

The Stamfordhill area on Durban’s Berea has always been a popular business, trading & entertainment node. Over the last number of years however, the area has seen a steady increase in some of the less desirable elements of urban living including vagrancy, loitering, litter and other public nuisances. This “urban creep” has had a negative effect on property values in the area, and if left unchecked would force business to move elsewhere.

A Boost for Durban Ratepayers

The Stamfordhill area on Durban’s Berea has always been a popular business, trading & entertainment node. Over the last number of years however, the area has seen a steady increase in some of the less desirable elements of urban living including vagrancy, loitering, litter and other public nuisances. This “urban creep” has had a negative effect on property values in the area, and if left unchecked would force business to move elsewhere.

However, a recent Durban High Court judgement in favour of two Stamfordhill Road businessmen, who had complained that their customers were being chased away by the increasing filth & vagrancy, has seen the Ethekwini Municipality compelled to enforce its own by-laws in the area. The City was specifically ordered to clean up the area, conduct patrols and provide four police officers & five labourers on a weekly basis.

The businessmen had claimed that they were not receiving adequate benefit for the over R1 million in rates that they paid annually and that it was the cities responsibility to ensure services were provided to local communities in a sustainable manner and that rates were spent equitably. The City had initially opposed the application however consented once the matter reached court.

This is a victory for Durban ratepayers who are subjected to some of the highest rates in the country and often feel that they are neglected by the City. Hopefully this judgement prompts the City to put a comprehensive plan in place to make sure that areas across Durban are safe & secure for all residents.

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