EHPs ensuring Safe Food Practices at Markets and Festivals

Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) ensures that food is handled in a hygienic manner during the production, storage, processing, distribution and selling phases.

Food should be safe, wholesome and fit for human consumption. Likewise, it should conform to safety, nutritional and quality requirements. Food sold must also adhere to labelling standards.

According to Mr Johan Compion, GRDM Manager: Municipal Health Services: “We accept all complaints around conditions that can negatively impact health – waste management, air quality management, vector control, health inspection of premises such as markets, events, restaurants, informal food traders – to name a few. In case of non-compliance with prescribed regulations, shops and stalls will be closed and fines issued. In cases where food traders partially comply, notices will be issued to individuals to comply within a prescribed time.” 

EHPs fulfil the following tasks relating to food safety management:

  • Evaluate food premises and food transportation vehicles;
  • issue certificates of acceptability to compliant premises;
  • monitor compliance with legal requirements;
  • instituting remedial and preventative measures where applicable;
  • analysing sampling results;
  • examine foodstuffs;
  • examine food labels;
  • present workshops and educate formal and informal food sectors on food hygiene and safety;
  • seize unsafe foods; and
  • ensure the safe selling and supply of food.

EHPs render services at the following markets and events:

Place / Town Markets Events
Plettenberg Bay §  Harkerville Saturday Market

§  Old Nick mid-week Market

§  Market on Main

§  Plett Matric Rage

§  Plett Arts Festival

§  Plett Wine Festivals


Knysna §  Sedgefield Wild Oats Market

§  Friday Market

§  Knysna Oyster Festival

§  Leisure Isle Festival

§  Sedgefield Slow Festival

§  Karoo to Coast

§  Celtic Festival

§  Pink Loerie Festival

Oudtshoorn   §  Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

§  Winter Festival Calitzdorp (Portfees)

Mossel Bay


§  Hartenbos Straatmark

§  Hartenbos Boeremark

§  Grootbrak mark

§  Rheebok Boeremark

§  Good shed binnenshuise mark

§  Jazz Festival

§  Buffalo Rally

§  Doekfees

§  Tarkafees

§  Grootbrak Grabbadoo

§  Fragrance Festival Friemersheim

§  Bartelsfontein 4×4 fees

§  ATKV verskeie feeste

§  Pinnacle Point Casino verskeie feeste



  §  Albertinia Fun Fair

§  Fish and Fynbos Festival

§  Heidelberg Agricultural Show

§  Giant Pumpkin Festival

§  Vlakte Marathon Heidelberg to Witsand

§  Riversdale Agricultural Show

§  Voorwaarts Primary School Carnival

§  Makadas Festival

§  Christmas in July

§  Rock my Stil Bay

If a person is interested to start a business that trades with food, please make use of the following process:

  1. Apply for a Certificate of Acceptability (COA)
  • COA must be displayed in a clearly visible place at the trader’s food premises in terms of Regulation 638.
  1. Training
  • Person in charge and staff must be adequately trained in principals and practices of food hygiene and handling.
  1. General conditions and requirements of food stall
  • Provide a standard lists of requirements / guidelines to food handlers
  1. Storage and food temperatures for perishable food products
  • Monitoring of cold chain for frozen and chilled products
  • Monitor heated products, core temperature 60 °C
  1. Labelling
  • Ensure that public are provided with nutritional, compositional and allergen related information on products and prevent misleading descriptions.
  1. Health Surveillance of Premises
  • General condition of market / event area
  • Water supply must comply to SANS 241 standards for drinking water
  • Adequate ablution facilities
  • Safe sewage disposal
  • Adequate waste disposal and removal.
  1. Animals
  • No animals permitted in the sales or serving area of a premises where food is handled or traded unless in the case of a guide dog accompanying a person with a disability.
  1. Tobacco Control
  • No smoking of tobacco products in public places in terms of the Tobacco Products Control Act.
  1. Registering of a business that trades food must be done via your local municipality – Hessequa, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Bitou, Oudtshoorn or Kannaland.

In order for the GRDM MHS Section to deliver an effective, efficient, accessible, quality service to communities, a collective approach is required from both government and communities. If you suspect that someone is illegally trading food or working in an environment that is not hygienic, report the person or business to 044 805 1550 or per e-mail at

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