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The sale of food from car boots, which has become popular in the city of Maputo, has been banned because of the lack of any licensing and regulatory framework.
The Municipal Council of Maputo is currently working on the “mobile catering” strategy to enable it to issue licenses, pending which vendors will be fined if caught.
The decision casts a shadow over the financial future of the dozens of salespeople involved in the business and the thousands of workers who daily rely on these “self-eateries” for lunch at relatively low cost.
Arnaldo Monteiro, Municipal Director of Markets and Fairs in Maputo City Council, told Noticias that vendors had been already advised to quit the streets and wait for the regulation their activity, but did not advance any date for possible completion.
Inspector General of the National Inspection of Economic Activities (INAE) Rita Freitas says that vendors can only undertake activities that are licensed by the municipality., adding that the municipality will have to indicate those areas where the cars can be stationed to sell meals.Source: Rádio Moçambique