Trader alternative sought

2016-07-19 06:00

An alternative site for informal traders at the intersection of Kommetjie and Lekkerwater roads is being sought.

This comes after local businesses have raised concerns over the informal trading, saying it not only leaves behind litter but there is also anti-social behaviour at the sight.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, says the City of Cape Town has received complaints of this nature. Trading is prohibited on the site, Smith explains.

“The situation requires daily policing which is a challenge as staff attached to the Specialised Informal Trading Unit tasked with enforcing the issue are based in Bellville. Compliance notices were served on all traders, followed up with fines being issued and now goods of traders found on site are being impounded.”

In the meantime, the City is exploring options for an alternative site for the traders.

“The area has a legal trading site at Sunnydale along Ou Kaapse Weg and at Ocean View/Kommetjie Way. The City’s economic development department is working with the local ward councillor, exploring an alternative site at Masiphumelele or in close proximity,” Smith says.

“Once a site is identified, a process of public participation would have to follow before it can be approved as an informal trading site. The current economic climate is tough and a number of people are turning to the informal trade market to make ends meet. As a City, we need to create the opportunity for economic growth but also prevent urban decay if informal trading is not adequately controlled.”

Smith recommends reporting any anti-social behaviour to the police or the local law enforcement station in Fish Hoek.

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