City’s shock braai announcement

The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) Department of Recreation Monitoring (DRM) announced early on Friday (31 March) that a new by-law, partially banning braaiing, will come into effect as of April.

DMR spokesperson Benedict Umlilo said the reason for the new by-law is the alarming increase in air pollution. “Residents’ love of braaiing, with some braaiing as often as twice during a weekend, is substantially contributing to the problem,” said Umlilo.

He went on to explain that residents will be allowed to braai once during the first weekend of each month. If a person wants to braai on any other day outside of the designated weekend, a permit and special permission from the City will have to be applied for.

“Residents should adhere to this by-law as transgressing can lead to hefty fines – up to R10 000 or one year imprisonment or both,” warned Umlilo. Liquor stores and butcheries will not be spared either. “Should a liquor store or butchery be found to knowingly sell liquor or meat to someone who is planning an illegal braai, they could lose their licence and be fined. The owners and staff might also have to do community work should they persist in doing business that contravenes this law,” he said.

Umlilo said that the Metro Police has already allocated 150 officers who will primarily enforce the by-law.

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