The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is not safe for informal traders without a trading license.
Bylaws and crime enforcement officers have embarked on an operation to restore law and order in the city of Johannesburg.
Unauthorized informal traders targeting JMPD
JMPD officials visited several hotspots where shipments were confiscated or seized by officials.
According to JMPD’s Facebook page, this operation is carried out by the Bylaws Administration.
The message from the JMPD is clear, that “no one shall carry on the business of an informal trader in a place or area where informal trade is prohibited or restricted in the City of Johannesburg.”
Several informal trading hotspots raided by JMPD include Protea Glen, sites near Shoprite in Glen Ridge; Eyethu Mall in Orange Farm, and strips along Wanderers and De Villiers streets in the JHB CBD.
“Please ask how to obtain an informal trading license at your local municipal office to avoid seizure,” JMPD warned unverified traders.
How to get an informal license to trade on the street
According to the City of Johannesburg, to become an approved informal trader, the following steps are required:
In order to be licensed as a DED informal trader, the following are required: COJ acceptance certificate, proof of transaction and a valid ID or passport. JM Informal Trader, verification of buyer details must be confirmed through JM’s internal system and buyer’s unique code must be placed on the issued license.
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DED registered informal traders can register and obtain licenses at 66 Jorrisen Street and JM registered informal traders buyers can do so at Joburg Market (JM), 4 Fortune Road.