Here’s what you need to know about by-laws relating to street trading

POLOKWANE – There are various areas that street vendors are permitted to operate from when granted permission from the municipality, and are given a permit.

When granted the permission, there is an expectation of good conduct whereby the vendor must adhere to rules put in place by the municipality.

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The vendor must not create a nuisance; without the exception of the formal businesses, they must not cause damage or deface the surface of a public road, pavement or public place or any public or private property and they are prohibited to create a traffic and or health hazard or health risk.

Any person who intends to carry on a business as a street trader in terms of the provisions of the Act may apply to the municipality for the allocation of a stand in terms of section 6(A)(3)(c) of the bylaw.

In section 9.2 of the bylaw, a valid permit will have on it a photo, identity number and a unique identifying mark of the municipality. Permits are renewed monthly by making the required monthly payment between R42 and R100 depending on the trading area, with no advance payments accepted. A token will not be renewed if it carries unpaid fines. A person who carries on the business of a street trader on a stand and is unable to produce a valid lease agreement or permit shall be guilty of an offence. Any person who is found guilty of an offence in terms of these bylaws shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding three months.

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Miranda Chauke

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