The Noise Control Regulations, in terms of The Environment Conservation Act 73 of 1989, set out the types of offences (e.g. ‘Make, produce or cause a disturbing noise, or allow it to be made, produced or caused by any person, animal, machine, device or apparatus or any combination thereof’) and the fines that can be imposed.
Danie Geldenhuys is the Pollution Control Officer of the Environmental Health Section of the Health Department of the City of Johannesburg's Region A, one of the seven administrative regions in the City of Johannesburg.
Each Region has its own Pollution Control, Environmental Health Section with a mandate to enforce specific legislation, including the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations 1999, within a specific demarcated area.
These are the contact details of Pollution Control Sections or other relevant options where complaints with regard to noise nuisances can be lodged for each respective region of the City of Johannesburg as well as for the Cities of Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.
For information with regard to which region you reside in or where the noise nuisance occurs in the City of Johannesburg, kindly enter "Regions" on the search option of the official website of the City: www.joburg.org.za
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· City of Johannesburg – The seven Regions (Maps)
· Suburbs – a complete list of suburbs per Region
Environmental Health (Pollution Control)
City of Johannesburg (Region A)
Telephone: (011) 025 8020
Facsimile: (011) 312 1793
Cell: 083 467 6627
Where your property rights end
It was a row over the fence between neighbours, but it became so bitter that after three years the Cape High Court had to step in to resolve it.
Serious dog bites are common causes for Court disputes. Apart from intent to cause harm and obvious negligence, two principles are usually used by the defence in these cases, namely accountability without any negligence by the owner of the dog and whether the dog acted contrary to its nature.
Whose responsibility is the fence?
I live in a sectional title townhouse complex. My neighbour feeds birds once a day that attracts pigeons that roost in our eaves and mess all over our roof. Is this a problem I must tackle with my neighbour or can I call upon the body corporate to sort it out?
The actions of my neighbour are interfering with my enjoyment of my property. What are the general principals applying to the doctrine of nuisance?
Rowdy neighbours whose techno tunes constantly blare from their sound system and the owner of that terrifying Rottweiller who roams free all day may be contravening municipal bylaws and could be risking fines.
Citizens need to be more tolerant of the inevitable problems caused by the shrinking size of properties and the greater proximity of neighbours and their trees.
What do you do if your neighbour is unreasonable and refuses to tone down his stereo system or generally behaves in an obnoxious manner to you and your fellow neighbours.
You can do something about unpleasant neighbours. In 2008 an elderly couple got an interdict against their unruly neighbours and their children. When they ignored the court order the High Court sentenced them to 30 days imprisonment for contempt of court, suspended for three years.
I am often asked what a person can do about excessive noise coming from a neighbor’s property.
In terms of the Environment Conservation Act 73 of 1989
Bringing the matter to Court must be the last resort
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In the absence of proof that a boundary wall or fence is entirely on one of two adjoining properties, it is presumed to be half on one property and half on the other.