OPINION: South Africa's informal sector creates jobs but shouldn't be romanticised

2019-09-14 09:00

The publication of South Africa’s latest unemployment figures was this time accompanied by an argument that official statistics don’t count economic activities in the informal sector, say Mike Rogan and Caroline Skinner.

City grapples with traders

2018-12-12 15:32

The City is working on a plan to support and regulate the informal trading industry after several attempts to deter those operating without permits have failed.

Bringing spazas into 21st century

2018-03-11 06:00

South Africa’s spaza ecosystem is growing by leaps and bounds, which is opening up huge opportunities, despite the sector being largely informal, say Tobile Zenani and Mlamli Papu from Gugulethu in Cape Town.

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

2017-04-30 12:15

To feed developing urban populations, Africa’s cities must find productive ways to work with the informal traders and markets where they get their food, writes Danielle Resnick.

Jeffreys Bay clamps down on car guards

2017-01-25 13:00

Dozens of informal car guards in the resort town of Jeffreys Bay have been told to stop operating by the Kouga municipality as part of a clampdown.

Hawkers vital to economy - MEC Maile

2014-09-21 14:55

Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, says Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile.

Durban's Sand Gang captures MH disasters

2014-08-03 18:28

A Fin24 user captured Durban's Sand Gang's latest creation, a poke at Malaysian Airlines, which has had two major disasters this year.

Informal traders to get grants

2014-07-03 22:00

The Gauteng government plans to pilot micro-financing loans and grants to informal traders to help alleviate problems.


Ferial Haffajee: The new normal – SA’s economy is becoming 3rd world

2019-08-08 20:11

We are falling out of the pack of emerging markets faster than Caster Semenya out of the starting blocks, says Ferial Haffajee.

Informal trade may hold the key to food security

2018-10-20 09:22

Research shows that urban food insecurity is a serious problem in SA, and the informal sector can play a major role in alleviating it. Government policy must support informal traders, says Margareet Visser.

Small traders feel the tech pressure

2017-06-18 07:07

The information age will undoubtedly change the way informal retailers do business, writes Thebogo Khaas.

Vital part of SA economy still being ignored

2017-04-26 15:59

Although informal trade contributes almost 10% of the country’s GDP, the government does little to support the thousands of South Africans who make a living in this sector.

Window washers removed from Joburg intersections

2015-03-24 19:46

Johannesburg metro police have removed 19 window washers and street traders from busy intersections around the city.

Rise in informal businesses

2014-08-14 13:33

The number of people running informal businesses has risen over the past four years, but remains lower than the number in 2001, says Statistics SA.

Jhb City to hold talks about traders

2014-07-13 18:35

Talks between those affected by informal trading in central Johannesburg are set to begin later this month, according to the city.

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