The City of Cape Town has started a process to consolidate the six different informal trading by-laws of former municipal administrations into one consolidated by-law. The consolidated by-law will provide consistency and fairness to informal traders across the Cape Metropole. The aim is to provide a legislative enabler to govern informal trading within the City's jurisdiction.
The process started when the Draft Informal Trading Bylaw was submitted to the City's Portfolio Committees for Economic, Social Development and Tourism and Safety and Security on Thursday, 3 May for discussion and consideration. Both Committees were unanimous in requesting the Mayoral Committee to authorise the commencement of the public participation process.
"This consolidated by-law recognises the key role of informal trading in alleviating poverty, income generation and entrepreneurial development. It also acknowledges the need for a balanced relationship between the informal and formal trading sectors," says Cllr Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism.
The key principles of the Businesses Act 71 of 1991 have been retained in the Draft By-Law, and some additional components have been included to address practical lessons learnt since the enactment of the Act.
It covers a wide spectrum of activities including the different types of informal trading, the adoption of trading plans, economic development, flexibility regarding informal trading, the development of criteria for an informal trading permit and various other matters.
Other issues addressed are the transferring of informal trading permits, special events, enforcement of the by-law and addressing how to handle repeat offenders.
"The Draft By-Law will provide the City with a fair and transparent framework to manage informal economic activities without harming the formal sector. The City's role is not to establish businesses, but to create an environment that is conducive to the growth of business in the informal trading sector," says Cllr Grindrod.
The Draft By-Law will also be forwarded to all the 23 Subcouncils for consideration. Once the public participation process has been concluded, it is hoped to submit the Draft By-Law to full Council by August this year.
4 MAY 2007
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