Your chance to comment on amended informal trader by-law

13 December 2017 | Web Article Number: ME20178118

Government & Municipal
Your chance to comment on amended informal trader by-law

EThekwini Municipality is inviting interested and affected members of the public to comment on the reviewed and amended Informal Traders By-Law. The closing date for all inputs and comments is Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

According to the municipality, the by-law seeks to address issues of non-compliance by informal traders and law enforcement.

“The aim is to create a good working relationship and an enabling working environment for informal traders, city authorities as well as other relevant stakeholders. This entire process intends to allow traders to establish themselves in order to fully participate in transforming and growing the economy of the city,” the municipality said in a statement.

The by-law outlines detailed information on how informal traders should conduct their businesses in line with informal trade regulation. It also gives city the authority to apply necessary prosecution to traders who violate the By-Laws.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said that the informal sector remained an important pillar in addressing the unemployment crisis and a relevant vehicle to drive economic growth. “The establishment of the Informal Trading By-law intends to inform traders and relevant stakeholders about the trading rules and procedures to ensure compliance of the by-law so that trading is conducted in an organised and legalised manner,” said Gumede.

“The amended by-law focuses on informal trading regulations and how informal traders need to be involved when making decisions affecting them,” she said.

As part of the engagement process, the municipality has planned a series of consultative meetings which will take place in all regions of the metro. These meetings will provide informal traders and affected parties a chance to comment and make inputs to the proposed amended by-law.

Once the inputs and comments from the traders and relevant stakeholders have been made, the draft will then be presented to the Council for adoption. Thereafter it gets gazetted and promulgated.

Gumede encouraged all relevant stakeholders to make use of this opportunity and make their inputs and comments on the amended Informal Traders By-Law. “This will help us to ensure that the informal economy runs smoothly and contributes towards better economic growth in the city.”

The deadline for all inputs and comments is 31 January 2018 at 16h00. Those who wish to make inputs are urged to provide written comments to the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, Dr Pixley ka-Isaka Seme (West) Street, Durban, 4000 or to Kim Willis via email: kim.willis@durban.gov.za.

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