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Street traders urged to take advantage of free licence registration

Scores of informal traders are set to benefit as the City of Ekurhuleni announces free registration for applications of trading permits to conduct business.

The most important requirement for business owners to comply with in this sector is the license to sell their goods to the public.

MMC for Finance and Economic Development Nkosindiphile Xhakaza said township business entities, particularly small businesses, were grossly affected by the spate of looting that happened in July this year.

“As the City we needed to come up with intervention measures that will assist small businesses to regain the potential to sustain their business.

“Our reconstruction and recovery plan includes encouraging informal traders to take advantage of the free trading permits that we offer as the City to obtain government assistance and support after this unfortunate incident of violence and looting of their stock,” said Xhakaza.

He said the City was working with various government stakeholders to ensure that the informal business sector in the City receives the necessary assistance they need to continue rendering their services to the community.

“The Department of Small Business Development together with SEFA and SEDA have come up with a business recovery programme that aims to assist informal traders that have been looted in the townships and rural areas. We want to assist informal traders with R10 000 for replacement of equipment that was lost during the looting and R3 000 for products and services that they need to purchase” said Colin Leshou, Provincial Manager for SEDA in Gauteng.

“The looting of shopping malls has affected us as informal traders as some of my fellow traders’ stock was also stolen during this unfortunate incident. There is a standstill in business operations and customers opt to use other shopping centres where they can receive services,” said Prudence Ntuli, an informal trader at Thembisa Plaza

“Our customers are often people who come to the mall but because the mall was destroyed, a lot of informal traders have since moved their businesses to nearby Birch Acres where there are more customers as it was less affected by the looting,” Ntuli said.

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