oa Journal of Management & Administration - The role of Thulamela Municipality in creating an enabling environment for informal traders in Thohoyandou
The informal sector is one of the popular business ventures in the Thohoyandou Central Business Areas. Most products are sold in streets and sidewalks (pathways). The informal traders are mostly based at the Mvusuludzo taxi rank and they occupy 1 - 2 square metres of space to exhibit their products. Street trading has become a contentious issue because it often results in the obstruction of pavements, large volume of litter, and often unsanitary waste products, traffic congestion, unfair crime and hygienic environment and general deterioration and dilapidation of the landscape. This causes a challenge to local municipality in creating an enabling environment for informal traders. A questionnaire was distributed to hawkers and another questionnaire was given to the local municipality. It emerged from the research that the informal traders in Thohoyandou are facing many socio-economic challenges. It also emerged that it is necessary for the municipality to create an enabling environment for informal traders. The local government should involve stakeholders in decision making and also make provision of a platform or forum to be used to address the informal business issues. The municipality should at least at the end erect stalls which are not too far from the shopping malls and taxi ranks. The stalls will be used for keeping the traders' goods and products safe.
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