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City embarks on Informal Trading By-law roadshows

TO EFFECTIVELY regulate street trading in the City and empower informal traders, eThekwini Municipality is engaging informal traders on the draft Informal Trading By-law in various areas within eThekwini.

The aim of the public engagement meetings, running from 8 February to 21 March, is to give traders a platform to comment and make recommendations on the proposed By-law amendments which addresses issues related to non-compliance and law enforcement. The By-law was last reviewed in 2014 and this process was necessary to improve the way of doing business within the sector. Key aspects highlighted in the By-law include prohibiting trading in places where informal trading is restricted, confiscation of goods, regulation of abandoned goods and plans to crack down on people trading without permits.

Informal Economy Senior Manager in the Municipality, Michael Hlangu, said the By-law review meetings were all well attended. He said the City received constructive inputs, which was an indication that traders were willing to work with the Municipality to collectively grow the sector. “The informal sector remains an important pillar in addressing the unemployment crisis the country faces and an important vehicle to drive economic growth.

Therefore, this review process is critical to ensure that informal traders’ businesses operations are in line with informal trade regulations,” added Hlangu. Deputy Chairperson of eThekwini Municipality Informal Economy Forum, Lindiwe Zuma said: “We welcome most of the changes because we understand that for this sector to flourish, it has to be properly managed. We hope our recommendations will be considered.” In one of the consultative meetings that took place at City Hall on 8 February, Councillor Chris Pappas from Ward 31 said the Municipality’s intention was to clarify some critical concerns traders may have about the By-law.

For more information contact the region closer to you. North Region 031 311 4612; South 031 902 2024; Central Business District 031 201 2453 and West 031 311 6161/6287.

​Venue ​Date ​Time
​Clermont Hall ​27 February ​09:00 - 14:00
​Pinetown Civic Centre ​06 March ​09:00 - 14:00
​Dassenhoek Community Hall ​08 March ​​09:00 - 14:00
​Verulam Market Area ​21 March ​10:00 - 14:00
 
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