Written by on April 8, 2024

Written by: Lebohang Ndashe


In an effort to maintain cleanliness, order, and adherence to city by-laws, the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department to remove unlawfully erected posters and signage from the streets.

The city says no person(s) may erect an advertising sign or continue to use an advertising sign or any structure or device as an advertising sign without the prior written approval, only posters bearing the city’s stickers – which serve as proof of obtained permission, are legal, other posters are illegal and to be removed.

JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Xolani Fihla added that the orange City stickers that bear a unique barcode found on advertising signs are in compliance with the city’s by-laws.

“To verify the legality of advertising signs, residents are urged to contact the city or the Outdoor Advertising Unit”, Fihla said.

Media, brand owners, advertisers, and advertising agencies are urged to verify the legality of their advertising signs with the Development Planning Department’s Outdoor Advertising Unit to ensure compliance with City by-laws before signing contracts.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Development Planning, Cllr Eunice Mgcina warned all advertising entities in the city to comply or face consequences.

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