As the rainy season has started Bulawayo City Council wishes to raise public awareness that under Part VIII of the Roads Act [Chapter 13:18], owners, occupiers or users of any land are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that:-
Particular attention should be taken to ensure compliance with these obligations, and with ensuring that all entrances over drains are adequate and allow the free flow of water (e.g. weepholes in property boundary walls, adequately culverted or piped).
Bulawayo City Council may serve a Notice under the Roads Act [Chapter 13:18] and/or the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] on the owners, occupiers or users of any land who do not comply with these requirements.
It is an offence not to comply with such a Notice, or with any Planning Enforcement Notice, which if pursued through the courts may result in prosecutions and fines.
Please further note that without the consent of Bulawayo City Council, it is an offence to:
This does not apply to the ordinary maintenance of drains which the owner, occupier or user of any land is required to carry out to ensure water is not prevented from draining from the public road or to prevent water, soil or other material flowing or falling onto a public road.
It is also an offence under the Roads Act [Chapter 13:18] to deposit materials on a public road, or to permit mud or anything that falls from a vehicle to remain on the public road, so as to cause a hazard or potential hazard to road users, or to obstruct or interfere with the safe use of the road.
Residents are also advised that in the event of flooding, they should call the Fire Brigade immediately on:
(09) 71717 – 9
Or 993/994 Toll free from landlines only
Or 08080081 Econet Lines toll free only
They are further advised:
NB: If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Close all windows lock up all doors.
Proceed to designated safe areas where the Fire Brigade and other support services will render assistance
DATE : 8 January 2019