Coronavirus: Street vendors line up in hopes of obtaining permits

Coronavirus: Street vendors line up in hopes of obtaining permits

- Informal street vendors lined up in Johannesburg on Monday in the hopes of obtaining temporary permits to allow them to continue trading

- This comes after a concession was made in the regulations governing what is considered an essential business

- However, the City made it clear that it isn't business as usual, with criteria in place to govern who will trade

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The government announcement on the relaxation of lockdown regulations concerning the re-opening of spaza shops and other informal food traders was well-received.

The City of Johannesburg opened up the application process to begin issuing temporary permits to help informal food traders on Monday.

Vendors lined up in the hopes that they may return to work without fearing the authorities amid the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the City said that only informal food traders registered on the city's database and the Joburg Fresh Produce Market database would be considered, reports the SABC.

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Meanwhile, Durban traders have called for the government to compensate them for their losses incurred during the lockdown.

This comes after the ban on street vendors was lifted, but not before some damage was done to their pockets.

In addition to alleged victimisation by authorities, traders say they will continue to suffer due to a lack of customers. reported that the government had opted to relax the current regulations after an outcry over the larger retail outlets being allowed to operate, but not smaller, more accessible local vendors.

As a part of the lockdown enforcement measures, numerous vendors faced having their stock confiscated despite a lack of clarity on the regulations.

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