South Africa

City of Johannesburg issues permits to informal food traders after regulations amendment

The City of Johannesburg has commenced issuing permits to informal food traders following the amendment of Covid-19 lockdown regulations. This came after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced that informal food traders could again earn a living during the 21-day lockdown.

"Today the issuing of City of Joburg temporary permits for informal food (fruits and vegetables/perishables) traders commenced. Registration and collection of permits occurred at 66 Jorissen Street for DED [Department of Economic Development] registered informal traders and at the Joburg Market (JM) 4 Fortune Road for JM registered informal trader buyers," the City said in a statement on Monday.

Informal traders from various regions outside the City of Joburg queued outside the DED offices on Monday to obtain accreditation and permits to operate.

The City said it is concerned with assisting informal food traders (fruit and vegetables/perishables). It says many are not aware that they can now operate as essential services.


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