Relicensing will hit businesses and street traders

2013-09-13 00:00

ALL businesses, including informal traders within the Msunduzi Municipality, can expect a major shake-up soon as the city tightens its grip on regulating them.

This follows a resolution by the Executive Committee (Exco) meeting that all businesses with trade licences will be re-licensed to regularise them and improve revenue generation for the city. Businesses with no trade licences and informal traders will also be part of the shake-up.

Deputy municipal manager Dr Ray Ngcobo said, “We have a delegated authority in terms of the provincial business act, that anybody who is doing business in the city, must be licensed.”

He said the move was not only to generate revenue, but to regulate where businesses should be located.

“The current database of businesses in the city is not authentic. We have businesses that are trading in our city without licences and they are trading in areas that are not zoned for business,” Ngcobo told Exco members.

He said they were preparing to implement the new act that is being introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Parliament that will give the council the mandate to control all the businesses in the municipal area.

“So we want to re-license everybody. Those that have valid licences will not be paying, but getting new licences. Those that do not have licences will be issued with new licences,” he said.

Ngcobo said in that way they would be able to pick up lost revenue and, at the same time, the municipality will have a comprehensive database of businesses in the city.

“This will also include licensing of informal traders as they are also operating businesses in the city,” said Ngcobo.

Ngcobo said in addition there would be other licences such as trading in hazardous material like service stations.

“Those trading in food will also have to obtain licences from our environmental health department,” he said.

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