Transport strike paralyses informal sector

Motlogelwa who sells hotdogs said their current situation reminded her of the lockdown era PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Motlogelwa who sells hotdogs said their current situation reminded her of the lockdown era PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The fight for survival continues for street vendors selling food, fruits, hot dogs, second hand clothes, barbershop owners and hairdressers who have been in business at the Bus Rank for years despite public transport strike.

This follows a decision by the local public transport operators to down tools on Tuesday in protest over high operational costs. The public transport operators are protesting that the government increases fares due to the raising fuel prices that negatively affected their business. However, the strike did not only affect the public who uses public transport to and from work, schools and different destinations but the street vendors as well.

In an interview with Mmegi, 52-year-old Goitseone Reboele who sells fruits, sweets and airtime said there has been no business since Tuesday resulting in most of her perishable stock rotting. Besides, there were a number of spoiled bananas.

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