2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Election posters to be down by deadline, or parties face hefty removal charge

Lamp posts and trees are currently adorned by the colourful (and some fading) posters of the many political parties that took part in the 2019 elections.

They become a real eyesore when the elements get the better of them and they're left sticking out like a sore thumb.

City of Cape Town's environmental and heritage management head Dimitri Georgeades speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the deadline for the posters coming down.

He says the posters that adorn the street poles do have a cut off date.

The parties are given 10 days following the election.

After that, the City of Cape Town takes all the remaining poster down by 20 May.

The 18th is the official deadline but we will start removing the posters that are still up from Monday.

Dimitri Georgeades, Environmental and heritage management head - City of Cape Town

It does cost parties if they do not get the posers down in time in Cape Town.

People talk of a penalty or fine, but it is actually a removal charge. We don't want taxpayers to pay.

Dimitri Georgeades, Environmental and heritage management head - City of Cape Town

And what is the fee?

It's quite steep. It's R117 for a tied poster, and where the parties have put up pasted posters, it is R170 because it is a little bit more labour intensive.

Dimitri Georgeades, Environmental and heritage management head - City of Cape Town

Pasted posters are, in fact, illegal, he explains.

Non-payment is treated in the same manner as all non-payments to the City, with parties given notice and afforded the opportunity to make a payment arrangement if needed.

Then, we go after them, like we would go after any other person that does not pay.

Dimitri Georgeades, Environmental and heritage management head - City of Cape Town

He explains that news headline posters and event posters are removed throughout the year in the same way.

All permitted posters contain a small sticker and when the date on the sticker expires, or if there is no sticker at all, the City removes them as a matter of a routine, he explains.

As it is time-consuming and some posters may remain up for a time, he encourages Capetonians to jump in if they spot any flapping around.

We do rely on the public to report posters that are still up after the 20 May.

Dimitri Georgeades, Environmental and heritage management head - City of Cape Town

Contact the City of Cape Town's Environmental Management head office

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