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You and Your Rights
Please note that since this book was last published in 1997 some of the laws that have been referenced may have changed. We
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A document giving the go-ahead to run a business
Before 1990, most businesses required a licence before they could begin trading.
Examples of these licences, which in most cases were renewable annually, included a
general dealer's licence, a liquor licence and a restaurant licence.
Before Proclamation 208 of 22 December 1989, which became effective on 1 January 1990,
licensing was controlled by various provincial ordinances. Proclamation 208 lifted most
restrictions on trade licensing in terms of the Temporary Removal of Restrictions on
Economic Activities Act, 1986 and generally suspended the requirement of trading licences
for many businesses. The only exceptions made were when it was deemed necessary in the
interests of public health, safety and of the environment.
The Businesses Act, 1991, regulates licensing and carrying on of businesses or home or spaza shops.
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