For over a year, residents in Blanchvile, Highveld Park and Die Heuwel have been dealing with the loud noise that can be heard from Tsepo’s braai corner.
The residents living in this area are all affected by the ‘night club’, ‘braai-bar’, ‘get together’ venue with the name Tshepo’s Braai Corner operating its business on the corner of OR Tambo Road and Gordon Road.
A petition has been doing the rounds in eMalahleni and 526 residents have signed the petition against Tsepo’s braai corner.
In May 2016 an article appeared in the WITBANK NEWS, ‘No sleep for residents as music blares’.
Since then residents have not had any luck and it seems like things have just gone from bad to worse.
What started the petition was when an alleged shot was fired in the air from Tsepo’s Tavern and a bullet went through the roof of one of the residential homes in the area. This could have been fatal.
Other complaints are that music is played loudly until the early hours of the morning and even residents staying a few streets down can barely sleep because of the loud music. Also take into consideration that there are people working shifts and therefore their sleep is interrupted by the loud noise.
Patrons visiting Tshepo’s braai corner park their cars on the shoulder of Gordon Road. Cars also enter and leave the tavern without proper indication and complaints of near accidents have been received.
Patrons visiting the bar, rev and spin their vehicles causing not only an unbearable noise, but also putting the lives of other road users in danger.
Tsepo’s braai corner in Die Heuwel.
There have been incidents whereby patrons of Tshepo’s braai corner intimidated road users. This can lead to a bigger confrontation with more serious consequences as alcohol plays a huge role.
The tavern operates until the early hours of the morning, even on Sundays, and does not close at the time prescribed by law.
There is a mosque right next to Tshepo’s braai corner. A draft of new amendments to the Liquor Act calls for the prohibition of the manufacturing, distribution or retail sale of liquor in both rural and urban communities, at any location that is less than 500 metres away from schools, places of worship, recreational facilities, rehabilitation or treatment centres, residential areas, public institutions and other like amenities.
The entrance to the tavern used to be in OR Tambo Road, but after several complaints and fatal accidents the entrance was closed and moved to the side and patrons now enter the tavern from Gordon Road.
The trouble and disruption has now moved from the main entrance (OR Tambo Road) into the suburb and this affects residents living in the area.
“The petition and all other crime related incidents are being sent to the Mpumulanga Liquor board so that they can establish whether the provisions of the Liquor Licence to determine that it was approved and issued are being broken and whether the license should be withdrawn or not. Witbank SAPS however will still deal with any complaints regarding the tavern especially disturbance of the peace and drinking in public on a daily basis,” said Captain Eddie Hall, spokesperson for Witbank SAPS.
“The tavern is licensed in terms of the old liquor license legislation for on site consumption to trade until 02:00. Residents have a right to sign a petition and express their complaints to the Mpumalanga Liquor Authority. The directorate responsible for Environment Affairs would be informed to monitor the noise levels to establish whether the tavern adheres to acceptable levels or not. Should it be found that the noise levels are unacceptable then the owner would be issued with a notice. Drivers who spin their cars particularly on public roads are committing a serious offence and will be charged with negligent driving,” said Mr Kingdom Mabuza, spokesperson from Emalahleni City Council.
The owner of Tsepo’s braai corner was contacted about the issue regarding the petition and he refused to comment.