Media Release: Licences and certificates of acceptability for informal food trading (uncooked) during COVID-19 lockdown

Media Release: Licences and certificates of acceptability for informal food trading (uncooked) during COVID-19 lockdown

For Immediate Release
14 April 2020

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) municipal health officials continue to issue Certificates of Acceptability (COA) to informal food traders where municipalities allow them to trade. It is however important to note that not all local municipalities are issuing licences. Knysna, Bitou, Hessequa and Kannaland municipalities continue to issue new licences while George, Mossel Bay and Greater Oudtshoorn municipalities do not. COAs issued prior to the lockdown will continue to be renewed where applicable.

The trading conditions for licenced informal food traders are:

  • trading hours from 08:00 to 18:00;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the trader (mask, sanitisers and gloves), and the availability of water;
  • no selling of unpermitted goods e.g. cigarettes;
  • a distance of at least one metre apart should be maintained between trading stalls;
  • customers to be at least one metre apart and the trader is responsible for ensuring that these distances are maintained; and
  • traders must have the permit available for inspection at all times.

The following documents must accompany the applications:

  • Identity document or refugee permit;
  • existing trading permit; and
  • concession letter.

Contact details of chief municipal health officials responsible for issuing a COA are:

GRDM pleads with all informal food traders to co-operate with us and local municipalities in fighting this pandemic. Informal traders are reminded to please take the necessary precautionary measures to improve hygiene conditions in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Also related to this: http://www.gardenroute.gov.za/2020/04/08/press-release-role-of-various-agencies-in-relation-to-permits-certificates-and-other-approvals/

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Herman Pieters | Senior Communicator
Garden Route District Municipality
E-mail: communications@gardenroute.gov.za