Informal Traders Summit underway

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille addressed the Informal Traders Summit on Wednesday.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday proposed that all informal trading groups form an umbrella body to better represent the industry.

She was speaking at the Informal Traders Summit held at the Cape Town Civic Centre earlier in the day.

The gathering started off with some presentations, but they were quickly derailed by concerns raised angrily by those in the informal trading sector.

It was only when de Lille began her speech that the mood among informal trading groups started changing.

De Lille said the sector plays a big role in fuelling the economy by creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship.

She was even applauded after proposing the idea of creating a single body for the industry.

The Informal Traders Coalition's Rosheda Muller said she hoped the mayor will not change her tune and that the summit does not turn into a mere talk.

She said traders were facing several challenges, some forced by unnecessary laws.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Informal Traders Coalition, supported by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and other bodies, picketed outside the centre against city by-laws.