Evander CBD is full of….

“It is absolutely pathetic that he (the lounge owner) is allowed to have a liquor license until 04:00 in the morning. No alcohol is allowed outside of his lounge and the owner is disobeying the law. He will either have to get another venue or close down. He as owner is supposed to make provision for extra toilets for his guests. It is disgusting and barbaric that people are excreting wherever they want,”

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Rotten food, excrement and broken bottles is a "normal" sight when you walk through Evander CBD

Walking through Evander CBD can make you sick, literally. In order to get to your destination, you have to overcome the sight and smell of human feces, used condoms, used toilet paper and broken alcohol bottles, among other things.
It is evident that party animals at the Nesto Lounge, goes all out on the nights that this overcrowded lounge is open during the week. Hundreds of socialites gather at this Lounge to let of steam. A very unhelpful manager confirmed that the number of guests can rise up to 400 during special events.
Hundreds of broken alcohol bottles lie scattered in close proximity of the lounge, some in the parking area.
Estelle Mescht, owner of a hair salon three doors down, believes that one of the main problems is that the lounge has a liquor license that states that they may sell liquor until 04:00 in the morning. “They bring their cooler boxes and party outside the lounge in the parking area,” she said. This is not the only headache she gets from the party-goers. The windows to her shop are cracked and although she does have insurance, she doesn’t want to claim as she is uncertain if it will remain whole for long. The biggest problem however is the fact that someone finds it necessary to defecate right in front of her shop. All evidence of this claim, that could be seen on Saturday morning, was a very visible and smelly brown spot, next to a used condom, covered in flies.
But the previous evening’s rain didn’t wash all excrement in CBD and just around the corner, heaps of it could be found on a stoep of Evander Post office. The smell is unbearable and the sight and idea of it is unbelievable. According to Estelle, the municipality just sweeps everything on a heap and leaves it there on the walkway.
Estelle said she complained to Evander SAPS numerous times, but nothing is being done. According to her, this was never a problem before the lounge opened almost two years ago. According to the lounge manager, who didn’t want to say what his name was, the lounge has 4 toilets to accommodate their guests. This is far less than what is prescribed by law, but the manager says that everyone that is in the parking area, is not his clients. “They buy booze at other places, and because they are not allowed to enter with alcohol, they sit outside and drink.”
“It is absolutely pathetic that he (the lounge owner) is allowed to have a liquor license until 04:00 in the morning. No alcohol is allowed outside of his lounge and the owner is disobeying the law. He will either have to get another venue or close down. He as owner is supposed to make provision for extra toilets for his guests. It is disgusting and barbaric that people are excreting wherever they want,” Aranda Nel Buitendag, VF+ councilor of Govan Mbeki Municipality said.
Comments from Evander SAPS and the owner of the lounge building were not available at the time of going to print.

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Human excrement in front of Evander Post Office.
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This is what you will see when you walk in Evander CBD. The stench is unbearable for business owners.
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Broken alcohol bottles lies scattered in front of businesses and in the parking lot near Nesto Lounge in Evander. (The old Fire & Ice)

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