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Posted by: Normz | 2012/05/06

Noisy foreign churches from early mornings til late afternoons, whole day everyday

Hi we live in Observatory Cape Town. we have an extra section behind our house which is a field. Then there are churches which I''m sure is not registered as churches to the council.
Early in the morning from 8am to late at night are these churches with their loud music and singing one note for an hour. these churches run from Sunday to Sunday without stop. Its a disturbance for people around it. We''ve contacted law enforcement but they never really do anything about it. When we go and complain about it to the church, by being spiteful they turn everything else louder, and some of the neighbors have reported that it might be a front also.
What can we do to stop this?...

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You need to make a formal application to City of Cape Town Law Enforcement to have this investigated (the number I was given: 021 596 1999). I'm pretty sure what you describe is not legal. A house of worship like a church needs specific permit to be established, and even then, can only make noise at specific times, not constantly. You might need to be persistent to get follow-through and make sure this does actually get dealt with. I would recommend getting as many of your neighbours involved as possible: perhaps draw up a statement and get everyone to sign it.

It might also be worth contacting CCT's Environmental Health dept.

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Posted by: EnviroHealth Expert | 2012/05/07

You need to make a formal application to City of Cape Town Law Enforcement to have this investigated (the number I was given: 021 596 1999). I'm pretty sure what you describe is not legal. A house of worship like a church needs specific permit to be established, and even then, can only make noise at specific times, not constantly. You might need to be persistent to get follow-through and make sure this does actually get dealt with. I would recommend getting as many of your neighbours involved as possible: perhaps draw up a statement and get everyone to sign it.

It might also be worth contacting CCT's Environmental Health dept.

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