SAPS Instruction concerning the Second Hand Goods Licence for a scrap metal broker/trader


The requirements for registration as a second-hand goods dealer is also applicable on a “Trader”.  Even though the “Trader” may not physically take possession of any goods, he/she must still be registered under the Second-Hand Goods Act, 2009. The premises that will be registered is the address where his/her office is. All provisions in terms of the SHG Act, 2009 will be applicable on the “Trader” [eg. Keeping of Records (Sect 21), Reporting of False Information or Stolen Goods (Sect 22), Restrictions on Dealers (Sect 23), Reporting of Burnt Cable (Sect 25(4)), etc.].


Also see paragraph 13 of the attached Divisional Instruction 1 of 2015. Although I have referred to an “Exporter” at the time the directive was drafted (for a lack of a better collective name at the time), the same rules will apply to all “Traders”, whether they import/export internationally or just facilitate trading locally within the boundaries of the RSA.


SAPS therefore MUST register a “Trader” and if the application is approved, issue the “Trader” with a SAPS 601(a) – Certificate of Registration as a Second-Hand Goods Dealer. A “Trader” will not be registered as a Recycler [SAPS 601(b)].


Please feel free to provide me with the details of any SAPS member who does not comply with the above and my office will deal with the matter personally.



Section Commander: Second-Hand Goods Regulatory Services

Colonel Gerhard Pretorius | Liquor and Second-Hand Goods Services | Div: Visible Policing

Suncardia Building | c/o Steve Biko & Stanza Bopape Street | Arcadia

Tel. +27 12 393 9007 | Mob +27 82 415 6643 | Fax+27 12 393 9302

E-mail: pretoriusg@saps.gov.za