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:
- Hessequa area: Haemish Herwels / firstname.lastname@example.org / 083 678 6545
- Mossel Bay area: Sam Bendle / email@example.com / 083 630 6108
- George area: Wilderness: Pieter Raath / firstname.lastname@example.org / 083 644 8858
- Outeniqua area: Emmy Douglas / email@example.com / 078 457 2824
- Lakes area (Knysna): James McCarthy / firstname.lastname@example.org / 082 805 9417
- Bitou area: Gawie Vos / email@example.com / 083 557 1522
- Oudtshoorn & Kannaland areas: Desmond Paulse / firstname.lastname@example.org / 083 678 6530
- Oudtshoorn & Kannaland areas: Georg Hendricksz / email@example.com / 082 907 3492
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.
Herman Pieters | Senior Communicator
Garden Route District Municipality