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Permits to be granted for informal (uncooked) food trading during COVID-19 lockdown<p>Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national State of Disaster and issued regulations to combat the spread of the virus and a 21-day lockdown has been implemented. This has effectively limited the services provided and the movement of people. The City suspended all informal trading activities as part of the interventions to complement the initial regulations. </p><p>Subsequently, the regulations were amended by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, allowing for informal food trading (excluding cooked food) with the proper permit. It must be emphasised that this permit is applicable for the lockdown period only.</p><p> <strong>Informal Food Trading</strong><br>This is applicable only to food trading as defined by the Minister’s amended regulations. The ethos of the lockdown regulations is to limit people’s movement and encourage them to stay at home hence only essential services are permitted.</p><p>The basket of goods that are allowed include:</p><ul><li> fruit and vegetables </li><li> fresh meat and fish </li><li> sweets and cool drinks. </li></ul><h4>The trading conditions include the following:</h4><ul><li> Hours of trading from 08:00 -17:00 </li><li> Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the trader (mask, sanitisers and gloves) and availability of water </li><li> No selling of unpermitted goods e.g. cigarettes </li><li> Fresh meat and fish subject to Environmental Health certificates </li><li> A distance of a metre apart should be maintained between trading stalls </li><li> Customers to be a metre apart and the trader is responsible for ensuring the distance, and </li><li> Traders should have the permit available for inspection at all times </li></ul><h4>Implementation</h4><p>Permits will be issued by designated officials of the City of Cape Town’s administration dealing with informal trading in the Area Economic Development branch.<br>Application forms are available in the following offices as from tomorrow Tuesday 7 April 2020. These offices will be opened to assist traders on week days between 09:00 and 15:00 daily.</p><h4>Area East</h4><ul><li> Khayelitsha Training Centre </li><li> Kuils River Subcouncil </li><li> Strand Subcounci </li><li> Somerset Municipal Office </li></ul><h4>Area South</h4><ul><li> South Peninsula Administration Building, 1 Victoria Road, Plumstead </li><li> Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur </li><li> Philippi traders need to visit Fezeka Building, corner of NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu </li></ul><h4>Area Central</h4><ul><li> Goodwood Municipal Offices, corner of Voortrekker Road, Goodwood </li><li> Athlone Minor Hall, corner of Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone </li><li> Fezeka Building, corner of NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu </li><li> Bellville Civic Centre and Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Bellville </li></ul><h4>Area North</h4><ul><li> 44 Wale Street, Cape Town CBD </li><li> Kraaifontein Municipal offices, Kraaifontein </li><li> Milnerton Municipal Administration Offices, Milnerton </li></ul><h4>Informal Traders should have the following documents accompanying the application:</h4><ul><li> Identity Document or Refugee Permit </li><li> Existing trading permit </li><li> Concession letter </li></ul><p>The City pleads with all informal food traders to co-operate and work together with us in fighting this pandemic. <br>Informal traders are reminded to please take the necessary precautionary measures to improve hygiene conditions in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. </p><p>We encourage visitors and traders alike to keep their distance from others and practice the good hygiene habits that include handwashing and coughing/sneezing etiquette.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2020-04-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#db013e92-654a-4823-97a5-1344dfc0a2d5;L0|#0db013e92-654a-4823-97a5-1344dfc0a2d5|informal trade management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#78da9378-5dcf-4831-a575-a853f55a9597;L0|#078da9378-5dcf-4831-a575-a853f55a9597|permit;GP0|#5fed752a-cc20-4e0d-9d7c-b3608f9a7214;L0|#05fed752a-cc20-4e0d-9d7c-b3608f9a7214|market1

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