Street traders told to get valid permits

2017-11-22 06:00
PHOTO: makhosandile zuluActing city manager, Dr Ray Ngcobo and street trader Shiela Dhlomo with her valid permit.

PHOTO: makhosandile zuluActing city manager, Dr Ray Ngcobo and street trader Shiela Dhlomo with her valid permit.

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THE Msunduzi Municipality outlined its waste management plan last Friday that will ensure the city remains clean. At the launch of the clean up campaign mayor Themba Njilo said failure to enforce municipal by-laws led to an increase in the number of informal street traders and vagrants in the CBD.

The acting city manager, Dr Ray Ngcobo said the municipality would deal with informal street traders who operate without permits.

“Why should we allow illegal street traders because if you are a legal street trader in good standing regarding your fees with the municipality, you shouldn’t be worried.”

Ngcobo said permit-holding street traders, who operate along Church Street between Boshoff and Peter Kerchoff­ streets had received letters telling them to talk to the municipality about finding alternative areas to set up shop.

He said the reason for moving these traders is that the city’s population has grown so space in the CBD has become limited, especially on pavements. He said the alternative locations would have enough traffic for traders to generate income. Ngcobo said training would also be provided for the street traders.

At the campaign, led by Ngcobo and the mayor, street traders were asked to produce valid permits, and those who failed to do so, were told to pack their belongings and go and apply for one.

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