Bfn informal food traders requested to apply for permits


The Mangaung Metro Municipality has sent out a request for all informal food traders in the city to apply for permits that will allow them to operate during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This comes following the amendments to the lockdown regulations on 02 April 2020, which now allow for informal food trading.

According to municipal spokesperson, Qondile Kedama, regulation 7(e) of the regulations require informal traders to obtain written permission from municipalities to operate.

Informal traders are therefor requested to approach regional offices within the Mangaung Metro jurisdiction and provide the following documents in order to get trading permits for the duration of the lockdown:

  • Identity Document
  • Proof of residential address

Applications will be accepted at all regions today (Tuesday, 07 April 2020) and permits will be issued on Wednesday (08 April 2020) to applicatns.

The following conditions will apply to informal trading permits issued during the Covid-19 lockdown:

  • Informal trading hours for the period of lockdown will be from 07:00 – 17:00 (7AM – 5PM).
  • Informal trading won’t take place in the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of all regions.
  • Informal traders are expected to adhere to basic hygiene requirements and municipal health regulations. They should have either sanitizers or hand soap and water.
  • These permits will be issued for traders dealing with uncooked products i.e. fruit and vegetables ONLY.

Law Enforcement will be monitoring that all informal traders that have been issued permits are complying with the informal trading by-law.