South Africa’s informal sector is growing in line with the rate of unemployment, as people seek ways to sustain themselves. People resort to this sector because the barriers to entry and the technical expertise needed to run an informal business are minimal. It is a sector of concern to the government as scholars acknowledge the existence of the informal traders, and a fight to integrate them with the formal business stream has ensued. This document reports the findings of a research study on informal/ street traders in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in the neighbourhoods of Hatfield, Sunnyside and Arcadia. These areas are in close proximity to each other, with fairly high population densities.
The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality has 1 680 registered informal/ street traders, with a total of 181 in the Hatfield, Arcadia and Sunnyside areas. Sunnyside has 65 registered street traders, of which 20 are registered with the Sunnyside City Improvement District (CID) and 45 with the City of Tshwane Local Economic Development (LED) Department. Arcadia has a total of 96 informal traders, of which 24 are registered with the Arcadia CID and 72 with the Tshwane LED Department. Hatfield has a total number of 20 informal traders and they are all registered with the CoT LED Department. The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality works hand-in-hand with the metro police and the CIDs in order to register the informal traders and make sure that the law is enforced in street trading, in particular the street trading by-laws of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
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