How to register as an informal trader in Pretoria – Rekord East

A metro police raid on roadside artists selling carvings on the corner of Lynnwood and Solomon Mahlangu roads have left many of the sculptors who worked and sold their art there disillusioned.

The police came with several furniture removal trucks to confiscate the wooden and metallic carvings last Thursday and Friday, as a result of complaints about a lot of noise from the “problem corner” from residents at nearby townhouses, and pressure from the ward councillor.

The vendors selling their products complained that getting their impounded products back was expensive and that they had nowhere else to go because their target market lived in the Wapadrand area.

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Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom for informal traders such as these trying to make a living in precarious areas. The municipality does have measures in place to protect their products and trading areas.

– The economic development office in the Saambou Building on the corner of Thabo Sehume and Pretorious streets in the CBD is where street traders can go to get a trade permit or licence to formalise their businesses and prevent the confiscation of their products by the police.

– They have to take proof of residence, a copy of their ID and a rental fee covering three months after which payment has to be made monthly.

– Provision is also made for one-day traders selling at sports matches or music festivals for instance. They have to apply for a one-day licence.

– Other factors might affect the registration. For example, permits for sellers of perishables and food might take longer than for traders selling wooden carvings because three departments – health and social development, community safety and city planning, development and regional services – were all required to complete an inspection of the suitability of the site for perishables.

It generally takes two weeks from the date of application to receive a hawkers’ trading licence.

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