Buffalo City Municipality: Health Services By-Law

The Buffalo City (East London) Municipality has shared the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality: Health Services By-Law.

While several provisions align with the national regulations outlining general hygiene standards for food premises and the transportation of food, we strongly encourage all members to review the provisions meticulously to ensure full compliance.

To uphold statutory health service standards and adherence, it is recommended that business owners and managers retain a copy of the By-Law for easy reference.

For your convenience, the By-Law can be accessed through the following link: [Municipal Health By-Law: 2023-07-31](https://www.buffalocity.gov.za/folder.php?id=sSWeUsCZg). Simply navigate to the bottom of the page and click “Download.”

Notably, the By-Law establishes minimum health standards in line with national regulations for general hygiene requirements related to food premises and transport of food. It is advised that owners and managers of hospitality businesses take note of all relevant provisions applicable to their establishments, as indicated in the chapter headings for swift reference.

Key areas covered by the By-Law include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification of public health hazards
  • Management of public health nuisances
  • Regulations for hazardous uses of premises and associated enforcement
  • Prevention of environmental pollution
  • Guidelines for food preparation facilities
  • Smoke emission control
  • Necessary permits and their requisites
  • Standards for swimming pools and Spa BathsRegulations governing caravan parks and camping grounds
  • Management of public gathering places
  • Comprehensive food control measures
  • Requirements for accommodation establishments
  • Activities necessitating permits (including accommodation establishments, caravan parks, and camping grounds)

We urge all members to take advantage of this resource to ensure your operations remain in full compliance with health service standards. Your commitment to maintaining these standards is integral to promoting a safe and healthy environment for all.

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