A group of Bulawayo informal traders, Bulawayo Upcoming Traders’ Association (Buta) is reportedly resisting to be relocated out of the city’s CBD Sunday News reports.
This was communicated by Buta secretary-general Mr Dumisani Ncube while speaking to the publication. Ncube said if the informal traders moved out of the CBD, they will lose business:
The position of vendors is that they won’t move from the 5th Avenue marketplace. The council must just re-arrange the vending bays to maintain social distancing. If we move, we will lose business. This part of town is easily accessible to our customers
We are trying to avoid a situation which happened in 2005 where we ended up taking the council to court, since we are legally trading with licences expiring on the 31st December 2020 and some of our members have paid their rentals in advance. The issue of social distancing can be rectified amicably
The group also sent a letter to the town clerk communicating their resolution. However, BCC said it will go ahead and close the market as per the government’s directive. The initiative of moving informal traders out of the CBD was directed to all local authorities by the government which said they should destroy roadside vending stalls during the lockdown.
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