De Lille: Informal traders important

2013-03-20 16:23

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town wants to move from a "red-tape" to a "red-carpet" approach with the regulation of informal traders, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday.

This had much to do with how the city facilitated business planning and operations, and how it could increase opportunities, she said at a summit for informal traders at the civic centre.

"At this level, we are faced with the challenge of balancing the need for economic activity against the needs of the general public to use and enjoy open spaces, be they roads or public squares, for example."

She said there was a commitment to get the balance right so that the forces complemented rather than competed with each other.

In order for equal representation of interests, traders had to be formally recognised.

According to the City's website, individuals were required to apply for an informal trading permit and had to be bona fide informal traders with no formal shop.

Those who were unemployed and who operated for at least 45 hours a week would get preference over casual traders.

Informal trading markets had been built in Nyanga, Gugulethu, Philippi, Ntlangano, iSithandathu, Hanover Park and Lentegeur.

De Lille said the purpose of the summit was to encourage traders to give their input on policies, strategies and by-laws.

"I believe that this summit allows us to take some important steps towards realising those ambitions, by helping us create a common agenda."

The informal trading sector produces about 12% of Cape Town’s economy and employs 18% of its economically active residents.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-20 17:14

    Great idea! Cape Town and the DA picks a winner again! Vote DA!

  • Kenn Webb - 2013-03-20 17:23

    Patricia, I really thought that you were more astute. Who is going to police the informal traders? Where do you think the stock will come from? Stolen goods and other sharks. Who will check that they trade 45 hours a day? Will you provide time clocks at street corners? Who will check that they are unemployed? Do me a favour and go to Maputo, where there is total chaos on all streets. The Municipality is now too scared to crack down because of the property destruction that follows any attempt to control it. You can have a cellphone stolen today and go and buy it back this evening. Your idea is a passport to thieving on a massive scale. Don't entertain it!

      capetowndoll - 2013-04-03 18:49

      Kennbweb---All traders now need a secondhand dealers licience and have to keep records. Even so stolen goods will be sold anyway whether a thief is on a market or not--Stupid argument,typical of this 3RD world country. Where there is a problem there is a solution.

  • Mike Hyland - 2013-03-22 16:47

    For video events of the Summit click here :

  • capetowndoll - 2013-04-03 18:42

    Quote Leonard"Wherever these traders are smells like a toilet" Speaking from 22 years experiance on markets trading in second hand goods and collectors items build a toilet like we would have in any organized public place. Problem solved.I can safely say that virtually every suburb in England has a boot sale or market--Yes every suburb. "Oh yes" You will say "This is not England."Well you are right.We are so backward when it comes to informal trading and it is about time we set up demarcated areas for trading. Money needs to circulate and unskilled people need to take care of themselves. People could be taught to run small secondhand clothing stalls for instance. I gained so much experiance on markets and changed to online trading in collectors items five years ago. I have paid cash for 4 overseas trips. Market traders can put can feed and clothe their families without having to rely on handouts or go without. I commend you Patricia for your interest in informal trading and I have really grown to like you as a politician over the years. You were gutsy in the apartheid error and being a white person I thought you were a bit of a terrorist as most whities did but you were great then and you still are. Fight the good fight girl I counted nine charity shops in a small village which has one long road as it's shopping area.

      capetowndoll - 2013-04-03 18:44

      "I counted nine" ----Should have read "I counted nine charity shops in a small village in England--------

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