The City's bylaws that regulate street vendors seem to be so strict that vendors give up on their business ideas before they even start.
MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town, Alan Winde admits that a lot of people have contacted him to talk about the red tape that hinders small businesses to establish themselves.
However, he says the trick would be about finding a good balance because the city cannot have pavements full of food trucks and small shops set up anywhere.
We got to find the right balance between the two but I do think we need to open up a bit more... we need to have a more open environment for allowing these startups to come in.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
Obviously, it is not about making it a free for all, it is about saying you need to apply but making it easy to apply.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
Winde says he will communicate with his admin team asking them to look at how other countries are doing it and how Cape Town can make it more accessible to startups.
I have to send a note to my red tape team and say to them go and look at this and see where it works best in the world and what their requirements are, and see if we can influence our local authorities on the licencing.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
To hear the rest of the conversation with Alan Winde, listen below: