Hawker stalls and street vendors are taking over in Piet Retief, setting up shop wherever they please and making a mess of our sidewalks.
Whilst we appreciate that the vendors are trying their best to make an honest living, we can’t help but wonder how many of them have the necessary paperwork in place for their hawker stalls and if any officials are visiting them to ensure that all the rules and safety regulations are followed.
In 2018, residents of Mkhondo felt a sense of relieve after the municipality built the designated hawker stalls in Church Street, thinking that this would limit the amount of stalls on our sidewalks. To everyone’s dismay, the problem seems to have gotten worse.
The South African law clearly states that if you are a hawker selling food and meals, which you take from place to place or sell from a vehicle, you need to have a license. Do all the street vendors in Mkhondo have licenses? Highly doubtful!
These licenses are necessary since they ensure that the food is being prepared in a safe and hygienic manner. Without this security, how are we supposed to trust the products that they sell?
Not only are many of them acting unlawfully, they are also not cleaning up after business ends, often leaving behind waste products.
Drastic steps need to be taken to correct this situation.