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EThekwini assists Lamontville informal traders
EThekwini Municipality departments will continue offering programmes that will improve the socioeconomic status of informal traders. The programmes will not only assist traders businesses to comply with Municipal policies and by-laws, but will also ensure that law and order is maintained in the City to create an environment that is sustainable and financially viable.

These sentiments were highlighted when the City hosted a business compliance awareness campaign in Lamontville on 16 November. Municipal line departments visited and conducted inspections on all shops and containers used for trading in Swinton Road, the focus area for the campaign. Traders welcomed the City’s education and awareness drive and were keen to rectify and comply with the City’s business by-laws.

Senior Manager of South Durban Basin Area Based Management Sifiso Xulu said findings showed that there was a high rate of unhygienic practices in most trading areas and illegal electrical connections that were dangerous to both traders and customers. Xulu said: “Municipal departments will continue offering programmes that will improve the socioeconomic status of informal traders, however it is important that traders abideby Municipal by-laws.” The City’s Business Licensing Inspector Nobukhosi Mkhombe who was part of the campaign said it is imperative that all informal businesses register their businesses in order to legalise their trading. The Municipality is serious about driving its by-laws enforcement campaign which will assist Durban achieve its 2030 vision of becoming Africa’s most caring and liveable City, socially and economically.

The Business Licencing Unit is the first point of contact for anyone keen on opening an accommodation, entertainment establishment or food outlet in eThekwini. The Unit ensures that all businesses comply with the Business Act, 1991 (Act No. 71 of 1991) which states that no person/business may conduct a business without a licence.

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