In celebration of Women’s month Sekhukhune Times reporter interacted with some of the business women who sells their products to understand what it takes to make a living.

Women in leadership roles in business continue to be a topic of much discussion around the boardrooms and water coolers of companies large and small. Smart companies know that women leaders bring a lot to the table.

Sarah Mohlala, a street vendor, has been selling fruits and vegetables for ten years now and she offers good prices of her customers. Her stall, located along R579 busy road, which is also next to Jane Furse taxi rank.

Sarah employs two workers to assist her when the need arises and both employees were previously unemployed.

However the community initially blamed Sarah for contributing to land pollution in the area but now the community view has subsequently changed because of the reliable, convenient and competitive service they receive from her.

Hawker who runs a small factory that manufactures school uniforms, bedding material, t shirts, tracksuit and traditional wear, also shared her sad story about how she’s losing customers daily.

Mother of three, said her business was showing signs of decline because of the load shedding.

“Now I must budget for a generator to guard against this menace otherwise my business will collapse. I am using a machine to do my work, and if there no power then I can’t do anything. I don’t have back up because my business is small. It really hits hard because I am losing customers and money, I am in a dark place as we speak,” she said.

Other vendor, cook said a key mistake many women make is to sit back let others do the talking. Meanwhile due to limited opportunities in the formal sector of the South Africa economy, people are forced to become hawkers in order to generate income.

Although many hawkers are vulnerable to ill health due to lack of shelter, exposure to the weather elements and other stressful life circumstances and most hawkers are, in danger of neglect by the health care system.

Buyers expressed their support to the street vendor saying the community must consider hawkers and buy their products.


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