Bay calls on registered food traders to apply for Special Covid-19 Permits


Following the announcement of new regulations by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, regarding Informal Trading, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has invited food traders to apply for permits.

“In the new regulations registered informal traders are called upon to register for a special COVID-19 permits to qualify them for trading during the lockdown,” the Metro said.

“Regulation 7(e) of the regulations require informal food traders to obtain written permission from their local Municipalities to operate.”

Who qualifies for the special COVID-19 informal trading permit?

It said that food traders specialising in the sale of perishable items such as fruit, vegetables and fast food in line with the Lockdown Regulation as pronounced by the Minister.

“In addition to this, only those informal traders who are already valid Municipal permits are allowed to apply for the COVID-19 special permit that they can use to trade during the period of the LOCKDOWN.”

No new informal trading applications will be allowed.

What do I bring when applying for this permit?

·       Identity Document (ID/PASSPORT/ DRIVERS LICENCE)

·       Existing Municipal Permit

Where do I apply?

Port Elizabeth – City Hall, Reception Room

Uitenhage & Despatch –  Uitenhage Town Hall

When can I apply?

Dates:        From Tuesday, 7 April till Friday, 10 April 2020

Time:          9am-12pm, on both days.

For how long can I trade with my COVID-19 food permit?

Permit holders can trade strictly during the Lockdown period


Informal traders who are found without the relevant COVID-19 LOCKDOWN permit, can be arrested or fined.

For more information, contact:

Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture SMME Coordinatior, Andy Matiwane, on 082 865 2083.

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