SHOCKING: More Than 7 000 Vendors Operating In Byo

SHOCKING: More Than 7 000 Vendors Operating In Byo
Published: 2016 August 04 05:41:07 (1822 Views)


The Bulawayo City Council has revealed that it has more than 7 000 vendors operating in the city with a greater number operating stalls that are unregistered.

The city has a total of 7 206 registered informal traders, but there are fears that the number might be greater as most vendors are not registered.

Briefing the media at the council chambers on Tuesday, BCC assistant director for housing and community services Dictor Khumalo said the local authority was also in the process of licensing airtime vendors.

“In terms of vending management in the city, the progress is as follows: we’ve a total of 7 206 registered informal traders in the city; we still have a lot of vacant or unoccupied bays citywide, which are 6 132 and most of these bays are located in some urban shopping centres,” he said.

“We’re also in the process of computerising all our informal traders, to that end we’ve captured 6 076 informal traders in our database.”

This comes amid claims that the unemployment rate in Bulawayo has reached a screeching margin since a number of firms shutdown.

Like other local authorities, Bulawayo has in the past not been spared from misunderstandings with vendors over legal vending points where they can operate from.

This has seen municipal police getting involved in running battles with the vendors confiscating their wares as part of efforts to compel them to conduct their operations at designated areas.




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