LEPHALALE — Residents of Onverwacht are despondent about the area opposite Lephalale Mall (next to Kloppenheim flats) where trading has been taking place for quite a time now.
Mogol Post enquired about this illegal trading as well as the horrible and unacceptable pollution and littering around the trading area.
Mogol Post’s first enquiry to the Municipality was already in the beginning of February this year, but it took them some time to respond.
Questions were asked about the identity of the owner of the property but according to Conscious Chiloane, Communication Manager at Lephalale Local Municipality, it is confidential information and cannot be disclosed.
Mogol Post visited the premises on Monday 9 April and most of the littering was attended to, however the trading was still ongoing.
In their response, the Municipality said: “From LED perspective, before we issue out a permit we first look at what the street trading by-laws say, e.g. if the street is approved/allowed by council for such activity and if no approval from council then automatically the application is rejected or disapproved.
We have only one street approved for street trading and that is Albert Street down town just behind boxer and there are still a few spaces available.
The activities under discussion are illegal because they did not follow the prescripts of the by-law. No permits was/were issued in this regard.
In conclusion – it is the responsibility of the Traffic division and the Local Economic Development division to continuously enforce street trading by-laws”.
Mogol Post tried to get hold of the responsible official at the Municipal Traffic Department for comment, but he didn’t answer his calls.