Informal traders in Eastern Cape plead for government assistance

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Informal traders in the Eastern Cape say they continue to face many hardships while trying to make a living.

This emerged at the Informal Economy Symposium under way in the Eastern Cape.

The traders want government assistance.

Through this symposium, the Department of Small Business Development wants to establish strategies to support and enable operators within the sector.

Informal trader Babalwa Njokweni says she wants governments to focus more on developing the sector.

“We are faced with a lot of challenges here, as people who own small business. COVID-19 has badly affected us. So, we would like for government to assist us by funding and growing our businesses. Months go by without getting customers. So, we would like government assistance with growth by teaching us ways of saving our money, so that our businesses grow,” explains Njokweni.

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