Illegal traders face legal action

2016-10-13 06:00

LEGAL action will be taken against anyone found to be trading illegally in the Kouga municipal area.

This is the warning issued by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen this week following complaints from the public about hawkers, street vendors and business owners who do not comply with legal trading requirements.

“The new Council wants Kouga’s economy to grow and jobs to be created. We want to see entrepreneurs prosper and business boom. For this to happen, we need to ensure that all traders adhere to regulations that are there to facilitate growth and safeguard the public,” she said.

She said Kouga law enforcement officers had issued almost 50 fines in a recent clamp-down on illegal traders and businesses at Jeffreys Bay.

“The contraventions ranged from operating without a business licence or hawkers permit to food not being stored properly and traders sleeping at business premises,” she said.

“If we want to build a healthy Kouga and strong economy, this cannot be tolerated.”

In order to raise awareness of the requirements the municipality has issued a notice warning hawkers and street vendors that action will be taken against them should they be found to be operating without the required permits.

“The selling of counterfeit goods will not be tolerated either,” the Mayor warned.

According to the current municipal tariff structure, monthly hawker permits vary from R110 to R284, depending on the location of the stand and the goods being sold. Daily permits are also available for hawkers, flea markets and food stalls.

Business licences, for those trading from legitimate, formal business premises, can be bought at a once-off fee of R69,76. These licences are non-transferrable; hence, should a business change hands, a new licence needs to be purchased.

Establishments that sell food are also required to have a Certificate of Acceptability/Competence. The application fee for the certificate is R138,43.

Further information regarding hawker permits and business licences can be obtained from Ms Nono Desha at the municipality’s Department of Environmental Health in Humansdorp, or phone 042 200 8302.

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