Informal food traders in Cape Town will now be allowed to operate provided they get a permit from the City of Cape Town (CoCT).
This follows the amendment of initial lockdown regulations by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The regulations resulted in the CoCT suspending all informal trading activities as part of the interventions to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
MAYCO member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg said, the amendment allows for informal food trading (excluding cooked food) with the proper permit, which will be applicable for the lockdown period only.
The basket of goods that are allowed include:
- fruit and vegetables
- fresh meat and fish
- sweets and cool drinks
The trading conditions include the following:
- Hours of trading from 08:00 -17:00
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the trader (mask, sanitisers, and gloves) and availability of water
- No selling of unpermitted goods e.g. cigarettes
- Fresh meat and fish subject to Environmental Health certificates
- A distance of a metre apart should be maintained between trading stalls
- Customers to be a metre apart and the trader is responsible for ensuring the distance, and
- Traders should have the permit available for inspection at all times