CLARIFICATION NOTE ON INFORMAL TRADING

by | Apr 4, 2020 | CoronaVirus

With regards to the Disaster Management Act, 2002 amendments to regulations issued in terms of Section 27 (2) of the Government Gazette No. 43199 of 2 April 2020 states the following:

Chapter 3 clause 7 (e) “5. dealing with the amendments of Annexure B to the regulations, stipulates that grocery stores and wholesale produce markets, including spaza shops and informal food traders can operate if written permission from a municipal authority has been issued.

Strict conditions will be applied to ensure compliance with the Disaster Management Act and the Lockdown principles to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In line with the regulations spaza shops and informal traders will only be allowed to sell the following items:

 i. Food     

  1. a)            Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages;
  2. b)            Animal food; and
  3. c)            Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any food product.

ii. Cleaning and Hygiene Products

  1. a)            Toilet Paper, sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms;
  2. b)            Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products, and personal protective equipment; and
  3. c)            Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above.

iii.           Medical:

a)            Medical hospital supplies, equipment and personal protective equipment; and

b)            Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products use in the production of any of the above

 

iv. Fuel, including coal and gas

 v. Basic goods, including airtime and electricity.

The supply or delivery of cooked/prepared meals/food will not be allowed.

Spaza shops and informal traders will only be allowed to operate from 08h00 to 18h00.

Informal Traders will be allowed to deliver products provided they produce the necessary required documents on request. These documents will include the hawker’s licence, approval for the sale of perishable food stuff and an informal food trading permit.

Informal Traders movement will be restricted to the Saldanha Bay Municipal area only for delivery, unless essential stock needs to be collected from other areas. Proof of compliance will be required in terms of the necessary permits such as the hawker’s licence, approval for the sale of perishable food stuff and an informal food trading permit.

To give effect to this amendment, Saldanha Bay Municipality will issue the existing informal traders with a permit that will allow them to trade during the lock down period. This permit will only be valid till 16 April 2020. No new applications will be processed.

Please note that the municipal trading facilities will not be open for trading purposes due to the danger public gathering creates for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The permits can be collected from the Saldanha Bay Municipality Traffic Department at Marais Industrial, in Vredenburg.

Permits will only be issued to individuals upon provision of their hawker’s licence, approval for the sale of perishable food stuff, informal food trading permit and identity document (ID).

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