PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Greypatriot
 
Comments: 5
Article views: 831
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Greypatriot's badges.
 

The game changer for the SA economy

08 August 2013, 14:59

The catalyst that South Africa needs to stimulate economic growth is not as elusive, complex and costly as people think. We know that we need to create millions of jobs to address the poverty and reduce the crime. We don’t need to make investments of billions in infrastructure to unleash this catalyst. We only need an attitude change in the business registration regime and in the board rooms of municipalities towards road-side traders.

The complaint of a local road-side trader, probably hailing from Nigeria or Somalia, might just be the inspiration that will draw millions of unemployed young people into the public trading business. He complained about the cost of the trading stand and the lack of facilities for overnight storage and when nature calls. Every night he has to break down his tent and pack up his products and cart it away, only to return and erect the tent and unpack the stock next morning.

Road-side traders are at their posts every day even when winds and rain force their regular pedestrian customers off the streets and into their homes. Luckily people shop from their cars on these days because of the protection, convenience and speed of shopping. Road-side traders may not make as many sales on these days but they stay in business. Their only complaints are the cost of the space and total lack of facilities alongside the road. The municipality owns the space and charges a fee.

A local green grocer from the community, also a road-side trader, who had been providing locals with fruit and vegetables two days a week for many years, was removed from her regular stand under trees near the beach by the local municipality after more than a decade of trading.  She now has to park her truck next to the main road, where there is no protection against strong winds or pelting rain. She also has no storage convenience or access to facilities for personal needs. She employs five young people who unpack and pack the products and give buyers a helping hand. Her prices are reasonable and her products are of good quality. She keeps many house-holds alive.

Road-side trading is a common phenomenon in Africa and also in South-Africa. We need to think what metros and municipalities can do to improve the facilities and lives of these traders who render a crucial service to the poor and aged in providing quality food and clothing at reasonable prices. 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
PeterTracey
Captain’s log: Windhoek

Fortuitously I found myself in Windhoek, Namibia for a few days this week. Read more...

2 comments 183 views
Submitted by
Anton Dekker
What a great compasionate nation ...

We are so caring, it brings a tear to my eye! Read more...

10 comments 220 views
Submitted by
Thamsanqa D. Malinga
It's absolute cow dung sir

I don’t follow Minister Fikile Mbalula on any social media platform nor do I support his party.  Read more...

4 comments 462 views
Submitted by
Peter Currie983
How could they?

After watching a progam on DSTV (Carte Blanche) about elderly abuse I was shocked for two reasons. Read more...

7 comments 367 views
End corruption before it destroys...

Corruption is not taking South Africa anywhere. It is the enemy of development and of good governance and must be eradicated as soon as possible. Read more...

1 comments 90 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Having a Heart for an Atheist....

I get pretty buoyant expressing my Christian perspectives and I must say that upon reflection , I remind myself that everybody has their story to tell. Read more...

65 comments 911 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.