Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Public Health By-Law published

The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality has published a Public Health By-Law that will impact FEDHASA members operating accommodation establishments and in certain instances restaurants and or food preparation/service businesses located within the boundaries of the District Municipality. The By-Law came into effect on 20 September 2022.

The District Municipality consists of five local municipalities of Kgetleng Rivier, Moretele, Moses Kotane, Madibeng, and Rustenburg and their offices are located in Rustenburg. Larger towns within the District Municipality (amongst others) are Rustenburg, Phokeng, Sun City, Pilanesberg, Moruleng, Hartbeespoort, Broederstroom, Swartruggens, Mogwase, Brits, Boshoek, Koster, Jericho, and Hammanskraal (Carousel Hotel)

The By-Law will impact the likes of Sun City, the Carousel Hotel, and various Legacy Hotels located in the Pilanesberg amongst others.

The By-Law, which commences on page 63 of the document, makes provision for a number of activities that will apply to accommodation establishments and in some instances restaurants and or food preparation/service businesses.

However, the following sections are more likely to have a direct impact on most hospitality establishments:-

Chapter 3: Section 3.1.4 Public health permits

Any person who wants to undertake a scheduled use that is listed in Part A of Schedule 2, must apply to the District Municipal Health Services in accordance with this section.

Part A Schedule 2: Activities for which a permit is required:

Lists accommodation establishments amongst others

In other words, all accommodation establishments as defined are required to hold or apply for a permit. Not to be confused with the “certificate of acceptability for food service”.

  • Chapter 4 – Sanitary Services
  • Chapter 6 – Water
  • Chapter 7 – Food Safety and Control – 1: Food preparation facilities

If meals are served on the premises:

All facilities used in connection with the handling, preparation, storage, and serving of foodstuffs must comply with the relevant Regulations, published in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetic and Disinfectants Act 1972, (Act No. 54 of 1972), as amended.

A guide to “National Regulations governing general hygiene requirements for food premises, the transport of food and related matters” and the “certificate of acceptability for food service” can be downloaded at https://fedhasa.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/A-guide-to-the-regulations-governing-general-hygiene-requirements-for-food-premises.pdf

  • Chapter 14 – Dry-Cleaning and Laundry Establishments
  • Chapter 15 – Swimming Pools and Spa-Baths
  • Chapter 16 – Accommodation Establishments
  • Chapter 19 – Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds

A few key definitions:

“Accommodation establishment” means a hotel, guest house, lodge or boarding house, bed and breakfast

and any other establishment where accommodation is provided to people on a temporary basis or on a semi-permanent basis;;

“Food” means a foodstuff intended for human consumption, as defined in section 1 of the Foodstuffs,

Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (Act 54 of 1972 as amended), excluding food referred to in regulation 14 of

regulations governing general hygiene requirements for food premises, the transport of food and related matters.

“Swimming pool” means a structure with a controlled water supply used for swimming or bathing, including

a children’s swimming and paddling pool, but excluding a swimming pool at a private home which is not used

for commercial purposes;

Although some of the more relevant sections have been highlighted above, it is fully recommended that you take the time to go through the complete document in order to ensure that one’s establishment is compliant.

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