ID cards, bibs for traders on beaches

2015-09-29 06:00

Added security will be a new feature in beach trading permits, as the appointments come to a close this month.

There are 210 beach trading sites available along the city’s coastline, with over 43 of these along False Bay.

The permits, which are valid for three years, will have new features to crack down on illegal traders, explains sports, recreation and amenities director Gert Bam.

There are also plans to mark the trading sites on the beaches with signs where possible, Bam says.

“We have introduced a voluntary background check which was requested by the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement department,” he says.

The City will also be introducing an identity card with a photo and a colour-coded bib for each trader, Bam says.

“The colour of the bib will be different for each beach. The photo ID card will assist with the management and control of informal trading on the beaches. This will ensure that the permit holder is in fact the person trading. The use of colour-coded bibs will ensure that traders only trade on the assigned beach. This is particularly relevant to roving traders,” he says.

The vetting process aims to improve public safety on beaches, Bam says.

“ID cards will have the name and permit number which need to be quoted if the public raises complaints about the traders. This will assist to deal with specific problematic traders. Enforcement agencies will be able to identify illegal traders at a glance thanks to the bibs,” he says.

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