New and “progressive” policies for informal trading will acknowledge that this sector is “not a nuisance or a phenomenon that should be cleaned up or eliminated”, says the City of Cape Town’s planning directorate.
In its report to the council the directorate notes that unlike the current policies, which were drafted more than four years ago, its proposed changes do not expect informal traders to eventually move from the street to a more formal business set-up.
“It (the report) instead supports the choices of those that choose to make a living in that manner.”
The draft revises informal trading policy and amendments to the by-law, which will include the identification of suitable trading sites before new property developments and the costing for infrastructure, such as roofs and lighting. It will go to the council next week for approval.
Meanwhile, an additional provision dealing with busking will be considered by the portfolio committee, following the altercation between city law enforcement officials and blind busker Lunga Goodman Nono earlier this month. Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said this meant the revised by-law would be amended again in three months, so that the provisions for busking could be included.