City of Cape Town opposes the proposed Licensing for Businesses Bill
As part of the City of Cape Town's commitment to building an Opportunity City, that is, a city with an economic enabling environment in which investments grow and jobs are created, this administration firmly opposes the recently proposed Licensing for Business Bill.
At a time when this administration is seeking to cut down on bureaucratic red tape and ensure a more efficient and accessible environment for business, we believe that the bill will be counterproductive and discourage entrepreneurship unnecessarily.
Any piece of legislation that actively seeks to make it more difficult for businesses to register and apply for licensing should be avoided.
Various provisions in the proposed bill hinder the process of setting up a new business.
For instance, the proposed bill dictates that new businesses will have to register at both local and national level, making it logistically difficult for many owners.