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Over 400 businesses closed for trading illegally

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MBABANE – A total of 493 businesses were closed down for operating without trading licences last year.

These were businesses in the Manzini, Shiselweni and Lubombo regions and they were charged accordingly.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry’s Annual Performance Report of March 2009, out of the three regions, the Manzini region had the highest number of businesses found trading without trading licences, with 59 businesses.

"In the Manzini region, 310 businesses were discovered to be trading without valid licences. About 59 businesses were operating without trading licences. A total of 360 businesses were closed down and charged for trading illegally. In the Shiselweni region, a total of 21 businesses were closed down for trading without licences and were charged. In the Lubombo region, a total of 53 businesses were closed down for trading without licences and were all charged," reads the report in part.

On another note, the report says a total of 4 311 new trading licence applications had been forwarded to the Commerce Section, while 2 465 licences had been granted.

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