The City’s law enforcement team, Rustenburg Crime Combating Unit (RCCU) and an Environmental Health practitioner from Bojanala District Municipality, during an inspection at SuperSpar Rustenburg Square, found the store to be in contravention of numerous Covid-19 regulations and food safety related by-laws.
It was found that during the inspection, there were more customers inside the premises than should be allowed at one time in line with the amended regulations during adjusted alert level three. According Rustenburg Local Municipality Spokesperson, David Magae, further to that the store management was found to be in
contravention of the Municipal By-Law Section 56 of Act 51 of 1977 which required store managers to keep all goods in a clean space. The inspection also discovered that reasonable precautions were not put in place to ensure that area for food preparation was kept clean with minimal odours.
Officials, also found that the store, kept in its inventory, food stuff, which was
contaminated and not suitable for human consumption. This in addition to contravention of the regulation 6.3.8 of the Municipal Health Services by-laws. Officers issued fines in excess of R 12.000 and expired goods which were confiscated amounted to under R 10.000, which will be disposed in accordance with the
environmental prescripts. “The Municipality encourages residents to be vigilant when shopping for groceries, as expired food stuff can have harmful effects once consumed. The Municipality will not relent in its quest of conducting inspections across the City as well as in the neighbouring areas where small to medium size trading of both informal and formal food related establishments exist,” said Magae.