MIEC: PMB’s informal traders get organised

2012-04-10 00:00

INFORMAL traders in the city tired of being pushed from pillar to post are getting organised.

They have formed themselves into the Msunduzi Informal Economy Chamber (MIEC), a body which claims to represent 90 000 informal traders that will be launched in six weeks time.

MIEC chairperson Patrick Mchunu wrote to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) deputy minister Yunus Carrim requesting a meeting. Carrim, along with Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela, municipal manager Mxolisi Nkose and officials for the provincial Cogta met with Mchunu and MIEC secretary, Vuyisa Ngodlo.

The informal traders spoke about the challenges they faced and felt that despite the municipality’s financial constraints more can be done to boost the informal economy in the city

Among the issues discussed were the need for changes to the by-laws, improvement in facilities for informal traders, more effective trading, relations with formal businesses, security, cleanliness and more regular contact between the informal traders and the municipality.

At the meeting a working group comprising representatives of Cogta nationally and provincially, the municipality and the MIEC was formed to take the issues forward

Carrim said the fact that there are about 90 000 informal traders in the city suggested the importance of this sector, and the need for the municipality to give it more attention.

“The formal economy will simply not be able to create enough jobs, and we are significantly dependent on the informal economy to create job opportunties. It’s in all our interests,” the deputy minister added.

The mayor welcomed the meeting and assured the MIEC that the municipality took its concerns seriously.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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