Gauteng Economic Development Dept plans to draft a bill that prohibits foreign nationals from trading in certain businesses

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Gauteng government responds to the people’s cry on foreign nationals who are taking over unskilled labour, informal trading and certain township enterprises.

As part of plans to revitalise the economy in a number of the region’s most populated areas, the provincial government wants to stop foreign nationals from operating some businesses in the townships.

This new law was drafted by the Gauteng Economic Development Department and premier David Makhura’s policy unit. Its main aim is to reserve certain economic activities to South African citizens and persons with permanent residency status in the Republic.

The department led by MEC Morakane Mosupye said this bill will create more jobs and opportunities for the citizens and persons with permanent residency status in the Republic.

“The Bill aims to enhance the regulatory management of the township economy in order to lessen the regulatory burden on local enterprises and enable commercialization and sustainable growth in order to create much needed jobs.”

“The object of this Act is―
(a) to provide a regulatory framework which makes it possible for people
living in townships to establish viable and thriving business where they
live;
(b) to designate business activities within the township areas that are
reserved for the exclusive and sole of citizens and persons who has
permanent residency status in the Republic;
(c) to promote the development and diversification of the economy of the
Province through regulation of participation of township-based
enterprises in certain sectors;
(d) to introduce a enabling framework to ensure retail malls and
supermarkets that are township-based partner with local township-
based enterprises, including the sourcing of some of the products and
services from local township-based producers, service providers and
manufacturers;” among others.

The department also invited interested persons to participate in the public engagement webinar on the bill via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29.

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