Drive continues to register and issue permits to informal traders

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District and Local Municipality MMCs hard at work monitoring the process. Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) in the Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities on Tuesday (07 April 2020), joined hands in registering and issuing permits to informal traders.

Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) Health and Social Development MMC, Councillor Mmakgomo Raikane, joined her counterparts at Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Councillors Pius Maseko (Agriculture, Local Economic Development, Development Planning and Tourism MMC) and Dimakatso Malisa (Health and Social Development MMC) in issuing food-trading permits to informal traders.

This is in line with the amended lockdown regulations, as announced by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The MMCs worked with municipal officials in a seamless process aimed at allowing informal traders to operate during the 21-day national lockdown.

Beyond issuing trading permits, the process will help municipalities in creating accurate data of all informal traders in operation, for future tracing and referrals.

The registration of informal traders also helps curb the sale of counterfeit goods and expired food products, and regulates mushrooming of trade on all available and open municipal spaces and sidewalks.

The three MMCs took the opportunity to raise awareness on the Covid-19 outbreak, by advising queuing traders to adhere to stipulated regulations of registration, hygiene and social distancing.

So far, it is estimated over 3 000 informal traders have visited ELM offices in Sebokeng (Houtkop) – 530 were registered and issued with temporary permits on Monday (06 April 2020) and by midday on Tuesday (07 April 2020), about 430 permits had already been issued out.
Traders who did not meet the criteria were turned back.

The process enjoys the support of key stakeholders, including Sedibeng SAPS, SAPS Communication and ELM and SDM Communication Teams, who are on site to assist with logistical challenges.

The permits would allow informal traders to remain open during the lockdown, and would expire at the end of the lockdown period.
Emfuleni Local Municipality MMC for Agriculture, Local Economic Development, Development Planning and Tourism, Councillor Pius Maseko.

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