down on sheebens
Tavern operators in and around Cato Manor are up in arms
over what they term as police victimisation. There has been
an on-going battle between illegal tavern owners and Cato
Manor (Kwa-Kito) police station members over the confiscation
Captain Lucky Mdlalose invited IZWI to explain the police
position on this issue: “It may appear as if police are
victimising the tavern operators but the reality is that
the instructions are coming from our superiors on a national
level. They have asked us to clamp down on shebeens. Tavern
and shebeen owners who fail to produce a license run the
risk of their stock being confiscated.
Most tavern operators do not conform to the basic requirements
of the law governing ownership of such businesses i.e having
two toilets, a stand alone business, adequate space for
patrons, and most importantly, seek consent from the surrounding
Licenses are obtainable from the Liquor Board. For quick
processing of licenses, tavern operators should seek the
services of a reputable attorney.
“Most people produce application forms which they have obtained
from an attorney. However these applications are not licenses,”
said Captain Mdlalose.
plans before extending your house
manager of the Housing Support Centre in Wiggins, has issued
a stern warning to all Cato Manor residents who are extending
their homes without duly supplying his office with an approved
plan. Plans must be submitted to the Development and Planning
Control Unit of the Metro Council before additions are made.
“Throughout Cato Manor people have been illegally extending
their homes because they want to avoid paying rates. It
is the Metro’s policy to charge a fee for the approval of
plans, but people living in areas designated as low cost
housing are only charged a percentage of the normal fee
– usually it is 25% of the submission fee. The rate is decided
by the extent of the alteration one wishes to make,” said
is a penalty for failing to follow proper procedures. This
warning is extended to all people who are living in Cato
Manor. This includes people who wish to add retainer walls
to their homes.