Licensing of Businesses Bill is “Apartheid by Another Name”

The “Licensing of Businesses Bill” was published for public comment and gazetted by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies last month.

The bill “will require anyone doing business to apply for and pay for a licence from their municipality. This includes hawkers. Inspectors will be sent to do spot checks on businesses and if they are operating without a licence, the owners will be fined or face up to 10 years in jail,” reports the Sunday Times.

Apartheid laws that limited hawking were repealed in 1991. Lawrence Mavundla, ex-president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said “The return of licensing will be apartheid in another name.”

The regulatory burden on the SA economy continues to grow. The long-term outlook for entrepreneurial activity in SA is bleak.