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Linda
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Obligations on property owners
Section 10 is a major concern. Basically this section says that if for instance, an apartment block has some open space that The City demarcated as 'land where informal trading is permitted', the owner (a.k.a. the body corporate) is responsible to provide 'sufficient services' (which I'm guessing could include ablution facilities etc. which is a considerable cost) at the owner's cost (a.k.a. the body corporate). Not to mention that they might require access to the apartment block to access these services? How is this reasonable? NO, I do not agree with it. I do not agree that spaces in private property may be demarcated for informal trading. The owner of a property should have full right to allow or deny any form of trading on their property and The City should NOT be able to overrule this in any way.
Section 10 also amplifies my concern with Section 6 : Section 6 must include provision for The City to respond to the objections raised in the public meetings so as to report how they will approach to address these objections. Many times interested or affected parties raise concerns in public meetings, expecting some feedback. Often, some time after the public meeting these interested & affected parties just see the plans going ahead without report on their concerns or objections raised or what will be dome in that regard. What is the purpose of the public meeting then if the concerns of the citizens are simply overruled?

I don't understand the definition in section 2.3 for "black person" is a generic term..... which includes Africans, Coloureds, Indians and South African Chinese persons; practically all people except white people. This definition makes no sense. And the use of this definition in section 2.10 "historically disadvantaged individual" makes it even more obscured. Just write it like it is and don't obscure the meanings.

Other than what I wrote above, I would love to see that 'informal trading' benefit all peoples of our nation, and I think I like this initiative by The City of Cape Town.
Please apply it for good and not for evil.
Carol
Yes I do
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Karen
Yes I do
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
I think informal trading gives many people a necessary income. It adds interest, colour and necessary goods to the people of SA and to foreigners. It does however need to managed carefully. Stall holders should be given designated areas, with built in tables, built in shelters for sun and rain, trees, benches and all stakeholders should be absolutely disciplined about cleanliness and neatness. There should be toilet facilities, no blocking of public access and areas for motor vehicles to stop for 20 minutes, so that products can be bought.
Andrew
Not fully
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Doug
Not fully
Prohibitions and restrictions
Its a joke coming from you goverment people that made work ILLEGAL over a fake pandemic with a survivable rate the same as yearly flu, and now you people come asking what could be done better for informal traders. How about RESTRICTING the bloated gangsters we call government from their untmost abuse and POWER MONGERING! The government must have more restrictions than the people!
The informal trading bylaw is useless with you gangsters doing what you've done over 2020, and the past 20 years.

No one minds people informally trading, on the pavement of main road or in town or where ever. It is amazing to see the things people come up with or make to sell, and the hard conditions they go through. Every effort must be made for anyone to become a informal trader or entrepreneur but the government kills this with your restrictions and red tape and taxes... However trading must be done responsibly and with ubuntu towards the environment and other people around them. If your informal trading is clean and neat, people can still walk past , you don't leave a mess this is all fine. The government must focus on HOW trading is done not IF it is done

All I want as a citizen is for people to trade freely and respectably, littering and noise and chaos is my only problems.

Perhaps the government they can make such trading easier and more structured by setting aside areas for informal traders, building concrete tables or something. For example, the people outside Masi in fish hoek, they are trying to trade on the dirt by the side of the road. If the government could make that area more organized and build them tables and a proper place to trade I think they will do much better
Tiaan
Yes I do
Prohibitions and restrictions
Tanita
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Informal trading creates unhygenic conditions, loitering, and makes people feel unsafe in the City. All business owners should be subject to the same laws, pay the same taxes and be forced to get premises for their business. All citizens should be treated the same and follow the same laws. The country needs to move forward, away from informal trading and informal settlements and toward being a developed country that it is capable of being. Money that is being looted by corrupt officials should be used to better the country, improve infrastructure and in so doing, create employment for the hundreds of thousands of citizens who need work.
Werner
No I do not
Permits
Harry
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Miquette
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Robert
Not fully
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
The City is being far too regulatory with regard to food trucks and where they may trade. Internationally, food trucks support families and are an excellent opportunity to market local prepared food, not just fruit and vegetables. Permits should be easily obtained for a nominal fee. There is a huge opportunity lost by not providing an organised market at the parking area of the Green Point Stadium which previously provided work for hundreds of locals. I am aware that it was reinstated but with issues not benefitting the traders in respect of trading hours.
The Far East has a culture of street food and has created a tourist attraction in it. We are missing opportunities because of small-minded regulations.
Gerda
Yes I do
Permits
With so much unemployment and desperation it is essential that people have a chance to make at least some money to survive with informal trading and the city should encourage it. Obtaining permits should be made easier and should be for free. The city cannot still make money out of the desperation of people. People of ALL races should be allowed to be informal traders. I am unemployed and white and my only income is by informal trading.
Pamela
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Informal trading should only be allowed where there is adequate ablution facilities and waste removal.
Dawn
Not fully
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
CoCT needs to make provision for installation of ablutions in every trading space which does not yet have access to ablutions. This is to stop people using sidewalks and public spaces for ablutions.
david
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Sinalo
Yes I do
Types of informal trading
A platform for all types of traders should be provided.
Tumiso
Yes I do
Permits
More informal traders should be allowed to trade, obviously with the correct permits issued timeously as it is currently an uncontrolled business environment which of late unfair competition is starting to cripple the average member of society that lives below the poverty line and depends on the daily trading.

More should be done to support them.
Margaret
No I do not
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Informal trading causes major implicatons on infastructure and healths risk.
Leon
Not fully
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
The Proposed Informal Trading By-Laws document of 71 pages, is a huge amount to study and fully understand. I am totally in favour of informal trading for people to make a living, yet the areas allocated for trading must at least have sufficient ablution facilities and a functioning system to address removal, cleansing and hygiene - that is maintained. The municipalities must be fully involved in a positive manner, without prejuidice and rather inform/coach traders accordingly. It does not help anyone if municipalities become un-committed to the trader communities and/or harassing traders.

Julie
Not fully
Waste removal, cleansing and hygiene
Private enterprise needs to be encouraged in order to allow people to provide for themselves and not dependant on others.
Problems come in with trash and other waste in these areas.
People in this country seem incapable of cleaning up after themself even when bins are available.
Crime could also become a problem