HELDERBERG – Informal traders must register for the City of Cape Town’s database to trade legally.
Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee member for Urban Management, said registered informal traders are issued with Covid-19 lockdown permits or concession letters to trade. “It is important for informal traders to comply with the Informal Trading Bylaw and other applicable laws, and to trade as per approved trading plans,” he explained, following complaints about illegal trading.
“Compliance officers and community ambassadors are checking the informal trading permits and ensuring that overtrading of bays are adhered to.”
He further acknowledged the vital role informal traders play in poverty alleviation, income generation and entrepreneurial development in communities. Trading permits obtained under alert Level 4 and 5 are still valid. Traders with these permits, who have not registered with council’s e-Services portal or database, are encouraged to do so to ensure they can earn a living.
To register, South Africans need to provide their identity documents and foreign nationals proof of their legal status.
It’s easy to apply through the City’s e-Services website: . Register for the e-Services.. Activate the informal trading service on e-Services.. Apply for a trading bay.
For more information or queries, phone 021 400 3131.