Far east businesses targeted in Tshwane by-law operation

Men and women who sold woodwork on Lynnwood Road have been advised to apply for a trading licence and to trade in areas demarcated for such purposes.

The Tshwane metro police department issued R18 500 worth of fines in Bronkhorstspruit on November 27 following a by-law operation.

Spokesperson Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said this was part of a by-law enforcement operation that had been ongoing in Tshwane for recent months.

“These operations are ongoing to ensure that business compliance, obedience, rules and regulations are adhered to to bring safety to Tshwane.”

Mahamba said the following successes were produced:

– Ten business premises were inspected for non-compliance

– Eight businesses were issued with non-compliance notices

– Two shops were closed

– Four contravention notices were served

– Nine Section 56 infringement notices amounting to R8 500 were issued

– Four fines amounting to R10 000 for contravening various foodstuff legislation were issued

– Counterfeit clothing brands were confiscated

He said further the TMPD executing its roadway operations detained 10 illegal immigrants and issued R3 500 worth of Aarto infringement notices.

“The purpose of these operations is to restrain businesses that do not comply with the rules and regulations of relevant legislation regarding the sale of food products.”

Tshwane metro police by-law enforcement unit during an operation in Bronkhorstspruit on Monday. Photo: Supplied.
Tshwane metro police by-law enforcement unit during an operation in Bronkhorstspruit on Monday. Photo: Supplied.

These compliance checks have been strengthened in recent months after 22 Tlotlompho primary learners in Ga-Rankuwa and 40 of their Reimolotswe primary counterparts in Winterveldt were rushed to local medical facilities in case of suspected food poisoning.

Tshwane also estimated it loses more than R6-million in business fees and over R10-million to 2 000 spaza shops that have connected to the electricity grid in the metro illegally.

As part of the operation in the east of Pretoria, informal traders on Lynwood Road were recently removed and urged to trade in areas only demarcated for trading.

Men and women who sold woodwork were advised to apply for a trading licence.

Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the metro undertook regular informal trade by-law compliance checks, to address challenges and risks in the food sector.

Mashigo said as a consequence, Tshwane environmental health practitioners (EHPs) would routinely inspect spaza shops.

He said regulated, high-risk premises would be inspected once per quarter, and low-risk premises once a year.

“The EHPs adhere to these legislative norms and standards as they relate to only known formal and informal premises.

“It is estimated there are almost 2 000 illegal spaza shops within the metro.”

During a recent inspection, Tshwane health, police, home affairs and correctional services officials found spaza shops selling food products with incorrect labelling, practising poor general housekeeping and without compliance certificates.

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