Community Empowerment

Informal Traders Return to the Streets

Informal traders have return to the streets in the City of Ekurhuleni from Wednesday, 8 April.

This is after the City’s Finance and Economic Development MMC, Cllr Nkosindiphile Xhakaza launched the issuing of the temporary trading permissions to the informal traders and hawkers.

The permission allows grocery stores, wholesale produce market, including spaza shops and informal traders to trade during the current lockdown.

MMC Xhakaza told the applicants that the permits were issued in line with the COVID-19 regulations and do not allow the traders to sell items like cigarettes, liquor.

He said social distancing principle and wearing of mask and gloves all the time are applicable as prescribed by the Covid-19 regulations. Traders must also wash their hands with water and soap regularly or use sanitisers, and the trading hours are from 09h00 and 16h00.

Nomsa Mathebula, one of the traders who were issued with a permission at Thembisa Customer Care Centre on Tuesday, 7 April was delighted to have got the permission. “Some of my customers were calling me expressing frustration during the time we were not selling,” she said.

The following were required:

  • Filled in temporary trading permission application form obtainable from our website or the nearest Customer Care Centre (CCC).
  • Certified copy of the current trading permission (where applicable) that was issued by the City of Ekurhuleni and other required documentation.
  • A letter of support from a Ward Councillor or CCC Manager where the business operates.