Hawkers’ voices concern as lockdown continues

Jane Furse

After call made by government to inform informal traders to resume their trade, but have to apply for permits from their local municipalities or ward councillors as of April 3, some of the street vendors have already started to operate once again.

Vendors in Jane Furse have voiced their concern on how this lockdown affected their business. Hawkers said some people don’t have the means to survive the lockdown.

“Though we have reopened after getting the permit however business has not been the same so far because most suppliers and distributors have not been working,” said Tshepo Matlala who sells fruits and vegetable outside Jane Furse crossing.

Tshepo said he started setting up his stall three years back to make a living.

Nancy Makaung who also sells essential foods said surviving the coronavirus is crucial.

Nancy said covid-19 has negative impact on business people like her because it requires passing money from hand to hand.

Nancy explains how she got her permit; “I went to the Makhuduthamaga municipality offices to ask for permit, but I was told to come back on Monday. The police chased us away,”

“As per instructions, I revisited the place on Monday and I got my permit,” said Nancy.

 Mapatlare Senong (30) who cook and sells pap and vleis at Jane furse taxi rank said past two weeks have been tough on him and his family.

Mapatlare lives with his wife and two children.

“Cooking is my daily bread and butter, without doing that I would not have income at all. I have been doing this job for more than five years and that is how I have managed to take care of my family.” said hawker.

“The little we have now is not enough to last us until month end. The uncertainty of when all of this will be over is causing anxiety and panic, with more weeks added is a challenge to my family,” he said.

Thapelo Motseo

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