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Mayors of Joburg and London have same ideas

According to the Metro News in London Mayor Sadiq Khan is launching a bid to save London’s disappearing pubs is being launched. While the Mayor of Joburg is cleaning up the City…

He is ordering councils to overhaul their plans to stop dozens of venues shutting down every year.

Latest figures show 81 London pubs closed down last year, more than three per fortnight. The capital has lost 1,220 pubs since 2001, according to recent figures, down from 4,835 to 3,615.

Problems include increases in rent and business rates as well as disputes over noise and anti-social behaviour by punters. The new plan seeks to shift the onus on developers over potential disruption.

Builders will have to soundproof new homes to cope with noise from nearby pubs and music venues, says the mayor’s latest draft of the London plan, published today.

London councils will also be urged to reject planning applications that would involve losing beer gardens, function rooms or pub landlord accommodation.

Mr Khan said: ‘Pubs across the capital are often at the heart of our communities or of historic value and should be protected by local authorities to protect the capital’s unique character.

‘Nothing defines the diverse and historic character of the capital better than the Great British Pub.’

Historic pubs that still survive include Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street — favoured by writer Samuel Johnson, — as well as the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead where Dick Turpin is said to have grown up and planned his hold-ups.

Meanwhile in Johannesburg….our Herman Mashaba, Mayor of Jozi, is cleaning up the city!

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I have travelled the world – almost 82 countries and has been in publishing since 2003. Before that I was an IT Project manager for over 20 years and woke up one day to the realisation that actually all I wanted to do was write. So I started my first magazine Style in IT which was, in essence, a newsletter. But I loved it and I started my own mouthpiece SA Commuter. I re-invented myself once Smart phones became popular and learnt Social Media so that I could be a pro at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Now I could have fun instantly! My world has grown and includes reviews and with over 49000 followers on Trip Advisor I am in the top 1% of reviewers in South Africa. I am a true South African and a love of Johannesburg has kept me here since 1981. My stories are real and I love people and history! Now I publish Anytime Magazine in print and online as well as my blog,

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