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The City of Johannesburg and two organisations representing informal traders have started a process to reallocate traders to designated stalls in the Inner City of Johannesburg.
The reallocation process started on Tuesday 26 November 2013 in the linear markets. These include Kerk Street, Joubert Street and Diagonal Street linear markets.

The Joint Operation Committee consisting of representatives from the City and the informal trading sector established on Monday, converged at Metro Mall to facilitate the process for reallocation.

During a series of meetings held with the traders, the issue of traders who could not come for verification due to a variety of reasons was raised. As such both parties agreed to reopen the verification process this week until Friday, 29 November 2013.

The basis for the verification is the two databases, being the COJ/JPC database and Central Johannesburg Partnership database. It is estimated between 6000 and 8000 traders were removed from the Inner City. During the verification process held on 04 November 2013 only 2535 traders came through. Of these, only 1100 traders were found to be on the above databases.

The verification process also included vetting by the Department of Home Affairs. This part of the process resulted in 2195 traders being approved and 340 traders not being approved by Home Affairs.

The Joint Operation Committee is therefore are urging traders who have been through the verifications process and those who have missed the verification process to go to Metro Mall for verification and phased allocation .

Metro Mall is situated on number 171 Bree Street on the corner of Bree Street and Sauer Street.

The City of Johannesburg reiterate its commitment to the development of the informal trading sector. Appropriate infrastructure support and services, entrepreneurial development and spatial planning are the cornerstones to achieving that goal.


Issued by: City of Johannesburg

For more information:

Nthatisi Modingoane

Deputy Director Communications

City of Johannesburg

011 407 7354