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Update on permits for informal (uncooked) food trading during COVID-19 lockdown


A total number of 934 permits have been issued since the City of Cape Town started the process of providing permits to informal (uncooked) food traders, on Tuesday 7 April 2020, at the different City facilities across the city. 

We would like to reiterate that these permits are only applicable to food trading as defined by the Minister’s amended regulations and goods that are allowed includes:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • fresh meat and fish
  • sweets and cool drinks

The trading conditions for these permits are:

  • Hours of trading from 08:00 to 17:00
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the trader (mask, sanitisers and gloves) and the availability of water
  • No selling of unpermitted goods e.g. cigarettes
  • Fresh meat and fish subject to Environmental Health certificates
  • A distance of a metre apart should be maintained between trading stalls
  • Customers to be a metre apart and the trader is responsible for ensuring the distance, and
  • Traders should have the permit available for inspection at all times

Designated officials of the City of Cape Town’s administration dealing with informal trading in the Area Economic Development branch will continue to issue permits at the following offices on week days between 09:00 and 15:00 daily.

Area East

  • Khayelitsha Training Centre
  • Kuils River Subcouncil
  • Strand Subcouncil
  • Somerset Municipal Office

Area South

  • South Peninsula Administration Building, 1 Victoria Road, Plumstead
  • Lentegeur Administrative Office, corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Roads, Lentegeur
  • Philippi traders need to visit Fezeka Building, corner of NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 

Area Central

  • Goodwood Municipal Offices, corner of Voortrekker Road, Goodwood
  • Athlone Minor Hall, corner of Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone
  • Fezeka Building, corner of NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu
  • Bellville Civic Centre and Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Bellville

Area North

  • Wale Street, Cape Town CBD
  • Kraaifontein Municipal offices, Kraaifontein
  • Milnerton Municipal Administration Offices, Milnerton

Informal Traders should have the following documents accompanying the application:

  • Identity Document or Refugee Permit
  • Existing trading permit
  • Concession letter


An Urban Management Directorate Call Centre is also operational with 10 Call Centre Agents available to assist informal traders with enquiries on 021 400 3131 and select option 6.

The City pleads with all informal food traders to co-operate and work together with us 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.

Other traders who are not allowed to trade at present, as well as residents of various communities, are requested to stay off the streets and follow all the regulated guidelines as outlined in the lockdown regulations. 

Media enquiries: Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, City of Cape Town,

Tel: 021 400 4699 or Cell: 072 171 1033,

Email: Grant.Twigg@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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