The heavy bass sound travels unhindered through the night into the suburb.
A Parklands woman and her husband hears the noise most nights, especially over the weekends. According to her these “unbearable sounds” sometimes thump on well into the night and early morning.
“Sometimes I hear it up until 05:00,” she exclaims.
At first she thought the noises were coming from a nearby home, but upon inspection she discovered it emanates from nightclubs.
Now she is calling on the community living near Parklands Main and Link Road to stand up and complain to law enforcement.
“Something must be done! It cannot go on this way,” she says.
The woman does not want to be named, she merely wants to “plant a seed” of discontent.
According to her law enforcement will only do something about the noise if enough people complain.
Not so, says law enforcement services spokesperson, Neil Arendse.
“We carefully consider every complaint, regardless of how many people support it,” he says.
TygerBurger contacted a few of the nightclubs in question, and all of them claim to diligently follow the rule of law.
Manager of Mingles Lounge Parklands, Sam Ide, says law enforcement has visited the club before “but we are always within the law”. “We recommend all nightclub owners to stick to their licence agreement,” says Ide.
One of the nearby clubs have, however, indicated that Mingles Lounge Parklands trade much later than the 2am deadline their licence stipulates.
According to this person they have footage to prove this and say Mingles’ sound system is “twice as powerful” as their own.
The man says people complain, but nothing is being done about it.
Ide strongly denies any wrongdoing and says he goes home at 02:00 and Mingles closes at that time.
According to the City of Cape Town, noise can be defined as “unwanted sound”, and an audible acoustic energy that adversely affects the physiological and/or psychological well-being of people, or which disturbs or impairs the convenience or peace of any person.
The Parklands couple have been living in the area for 20 years and for the last three have been disturbed by the noise and their peace has been shattered. According to Assistant Chief Nathan Ladegourdie the appropriate by-law states that if music is audible outside a premises it constitutes an offence. He also said that the nightclubs in the vicinity have been previously warned about excessive noise emanating from their premises.
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Mingles Lounge Parklands has been forced to close temporarily and fined R60 000 for breaking several bylaws.
This news comes after TygerBurger reported last week in “Nightclub noise upsets resident” that the sounds emanating from Mingles and surrounding clubs were driving a nearby resident up the wall.
One day after TygerBurger spoke to Mingles manager, Sam Ide, the owner was supposed to appear in court for contravening several bylaws.
Said Ide in last week’s article: “Law enforcement has visited us before, but we are always within the law. We recommend all nightclub owners to stick to their licence agreement.”
This week the Designated Liquor Officer for Table View, W/O Sterreberg Jooste, said law enforcement had fined the club three times before, one for not servicing their fire hydrant, one for using a DJ without an entertainment licence and one for not displaying their population certificate.
Ide also said that Mingles close at 02:00 and never after that.
“I have given them two compliance notices for not closing before 02:00. As a result the Western Cape Liquor Board took them to court. Mingles had to answer three questions: why do they have a wooden structure outside without permission from the municipality, why are they serving alcohol outside their premise and why do they occassionally have a DJ without an entertainment licence?” said Jooste.
Mingles were fined R20 000 for each of these counts.
The club was also closed until they get a certificate of compliance from a sound engineer (confirming that the noise coming from the club is within the law).
According to Jooste, if the club opens again it will only be allowed to be open until 02:00, with no exception.
The fine of R60 000 will have to be paid within 21 days.
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. IT MAY NOT BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

 

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