PETITION TO REGULATE SPAZA SHOPS OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG AND ESTABLISH MICRO MANUFACTURING HUBS IN JOHANNESBURG TOWNSHIPS, JUNE 2017  

 

For the Attention of:

(1) The Mayor and Members of the Mayoral Committee, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality;

(2) The Speaker, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality;

(3) The Chair and Members of the Economic Development Committee, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality;

(4) The Chair and Members of the Infrastructure Committee, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality;

(5) Ward and PR Councillors of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality;

 

Dear Mayor and Councillors of the City of Johannesburg,

The Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) Future Leaders Fellowship Programme has drafted a by-law that seeks to license spaza shops operating within the City of Johannesburg (COJ) Metropolitan Municipality.  The revenues generated from licensing these spaza shops will, as per the proposed by-law, be used for the construction and operation of Micro Manufacturing Hubs in Johannesburg’s Townships.

The growing concern amongst communities is not that spaza shops are owned by foreign nationals, but rather, the fact that these spaza shops do not contribute to the economic development of the community through the payment of VAT, Income Tax, Municipal Rates and Business License fees.

Furthermore, communities express concerns about:

  1. Economic Development: Youth unemployment is widespread in townships with no plans to provide infrastructure and spaces for township manufacturing enterprises to grow and prosper;
  2. Health: Owners using the same facilities as sleeping quarters and keeping pets within the stores;

3.  Safety: The social tension in communities between shop owners and local residents resulting in Xenophobia and looting of stores;

4. Nutritional Value of Products: The selling of expired products and/or produce.

 

This proposed By-law for the regulation of Spaza Shops seeks to: 

  1. Register and Map all spaza shops operating within the City of Johannesburg;
  2. License and Monitor the operations of spaza shops within the City of Johannesburg;

3. Uplift local communities by constructing micro manufacturing hubs in the township with the revenues generated through licensing;

4. Establish a rapid response unit of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, to respond to any spaza shop related incidents and/or criminality;

5. Assist spaza owners to insure against losses incurred due to protests of any nature; including Xenophobia, service delivery or criminal activities.

6. Encourage entrepreneurship to revitalise the township economy and therefore create social cohesion between spaza shop owners and the communities in which they operate.

We the undersigned, residents and voters in the City of Johannesburg, urge the Mayor, the Speaker and all councillors, to pass this proposed by-law that will license, monitor and regulate the operation of spaza shops within the City of Johannesburg; and furthermore, establish Micro Manufacturing Hubs to encourage entrepreneurship and foster social cohesion between spaza shop owners and the communities in which they operate.