Unless you display your house or property number visibly, calling an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police in case of an emergency will be no use at all. In fact, it could have fatal consequences.
Quite simply, if we can’t find you, we can’t assist, and valuable time that could have been used to save a life or your property will go to waste simply because we had to chase up and down the street trying to find you.
This is a serious matter, people, and in terms of the applicable municipal bye-law, you can be held accountable for any damages incurred as a result of not displaying a premises’ allotted number in the proper fashion.
According to the by-law, all premises – be they residential or commercial – must at all times display a number that is clearly visible and readable from a height of 1,5 m above the centre line of the adjacent road or carriageway.
Thus, best check to see whether your street number has not become illegible, obliterated or defaced in any way. Note that a street number project will be rolled out in Zwelihle in February 2015.
If you are unsure about your exact street address, check your municipal account: The name of the street and the number of your property should appear right below the account holder’s name. If these details do not correspond with your physical address, please contact the helpdesk at the municipal offices in your area.
In this regard, note that in the case of corner properties, the main entrance to the property will generally be regarded as the access address.