Jacques Smalle MP
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo has submitted proposals for boosting the informal economy in Limpopo to Cooperative Governance MEC Clifford Motsepe.
The DA’s oversight in several municipalities across the province has found that hawkers are not receiving assistance to formalize their business, which leads to uncontrollable illegal trading and crime on the streets.
In Makhado , the hawkers who sell their goods next to the taxi rank are still stranded after their shacks were destroyed by the fire and the municipality is not willing to assist them. In Tzaneen, the hawkers are occupying the pavements where people are supposed to walk as they go to various shops.
In various towns such as Burgersfort in Greater Tubatse, Mokopane, Musina, Lebowakgomo and Thohoyandou , the hawkers are disturbing the smooth flow of traffic as they are selling on the main streets.
The municipalities in these towns are failing to implement regulations and to provide formal spaces for hawkers to make a living. Some hawkers often complain about ill-treatment from various municipal officials.
The DA therefore demands the following from the MEC:
- Trading regulations need to be enforced.
- Safe and secure trading spots be provided for hawkers.
- Regulations need to be made public for increased accountability.
Municipalities must engage in formal consultations with all the hawkers to come up with solutions in the short-term on how to implement by-laws and regulations to the benefit of hawkers and the public.