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‘Traders’ Permits Welcomed
The new credit card-style permits for informal traders being rolled out across eThekwini have been well received, said Neven Brijlal, Data Management Officer for the Business Support and Markets Unit (BSMU) at the launch of the permits in Phoenix. “Everything is now automated, making it easier for traders to renew permits. There was some opposition, but we are happy to see that traders are now realising the value of the new permits. Word is spreading and people are receiving it well.” The launch took place at the Phoenix Regional Sizakala Centre, with many traders showing up to pick up their new permits.

Roadshows were done across eThekwini to introduce traders to the system. It will be introduced in other areas early next year. Renewal fees vary depending on the area of operation and the duration of the permit. Traders can renew their permits for three, six, nine or 12 months. Ferose Khan, a trader operating in Parthenon Street, Phoenix, said, “I am happy there is a new system of renewing permits. It is better and much more convenient. At the same time, various challenges facing traders must be addressed. “For example, we have been here for many years, but there are still people who come and operate nearby without a permit.

here is also the problem of traders selling the same things next to one another which forces us to drop our prices.” BSMU Head Philip Sithole said trading without a permit is not allowed. “People who see anyone trading illegally should report them to the nearest law enforcement officer or the BSMU. “Traders must remember that informal trade is a free market system. It is up to traders to decide. They must also trade strictly legal goods,” Sithole said.
 
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