Informal traders want govt promises of support to township business realised

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced the multi-billion rand investment to help hundreds of small businesses in townships and rural areas.

FILE: The South African Informal Traders Alliance visited the Khayelitsha taxi rank. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The South African Informal Traders Alliance (Saita) said that while it welcomed government's R4 billion investment to support rural and township-based enterprises, it wanted to see the promises become a reality.

In his budget speech this week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced the multi-billion rand investment to help hundreds of small businesses in townships and rural areas.

Saita President Rosheda Muller said: “Over the years we have seen many programmes aimed at supporting informal traders come and go, but accessing support remains a challenge.”

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