As part of government commitment to empower and support informal traders and help them to grow and sustain their businesses, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) working together with King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality has handed over shopping vouchers to 20 KSD Hawkers for them to buy stock for their businesses.
These vouchers that were worth R5000 were given to the beneficiaries during a hand over ceremony that took place on Wednesday, 23 February 2021 at KSD Council Chambers.
Concurrently, the Municipality handed over 20 hawker stalls to informal traders that operate along Sprigg Street, Mthatha.
KSD is working with various government entities such as Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) to facilitate support for informal traders as they contribute largely to poverty alleviation and to the economy.
Speaking during the handover, KSD Executive Mayor, Cllr Nyaniso Nelani appealed for cooperation between KSD Municipality and hawkers towards a campaign of changing the image of KSD towns to be clean, beautiful, and also to be crime free.
“We need to improve the image of our towns in order to attract investors to come and invest to our municipality.” he said.
The Mayor further encouraged hawkers to update their business papers for them to be able to get assistance from government.
KSD Municipality also made a commitment to address challenges raised by hawkers regarding the stalls and to assist them (hawkers) to update trading papers and on how to make application for support.
The initiative forms part of the relief efforts to help alleviate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to informal traders.