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Renew your business license or it will seize to exist
To ensure compliance and proper management of businesses, eThekwini Municipality is calling all businesses that are licensed with eThekwini Business Licensing Department to renew their licenses before 31 January 2018.

They can do this at their nearest Business Licensing Offices, where they initially applied for their business licenses.

The Municipality’s Business Licensing Manager, Qondi Liqwa said this procedure is conducted annually and is very critical under Section 15(1) of the Businesses Regulations in terms of the Businesses Act 71 of 1991.

The Act requires that every license holder must every year confirm that the business for which the license was issued, is continuing to be conducted from the premises specified in the license. Also that no other business for which license is required in terms of the Businesses Act is being conducted from the same licensed premises.

Liqwa said in some cases businesspeople would branch into other businesses utilising the same license, which is unlawful because, for an example, restaurant regulations can never be the same as for a nightclub.

“We will conduct inspection raids after the stipulated period to catch defaulters. Those who will not have renewed by that time, their licenses will lapse and the enforcement personnel of the Business Licensing department will prosecute them for trading without a license. They will have to re-apply for licences which has cost implications whereas renewing is free,” she added.

License holders need to produce their original business license, ID document, company or business documents, a proxy letter and South African Police Services fingerprints clearance with no illicit activity identified (only applicable to licence holders with item 2 licenses).

For more information and clarity on business licensing, contact Business Licensing Department in the region closer to you on the following office numbers.

Central Region – 031 311 4535
North Region – 031 322 1803
South Region – 031 311 5870
West Region – 031 3116209
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