The Informal Sector Hit The Hardest By The Extended Lockdown – Veritas

Vendors and other people working in the informal sector are struggling to make ends meet during the lockdown as the president downgraded the lockdown to level 2 and allowed formal businesses to operate but said the informal sector was to remain closed, Newsday reports.

In a statement legal think tank Veritas said:

The informal worker is particularly the most vulnerable during the current COVID-19 shutdown period. Measures to assist informal workers are essential, and they should be thorough, implementable, practical and relevant to the people

Vendors that spoke to Newsday expressed their vulnerability due to the extended lockdown and said:

I used to operate from the Avenues area in the evenings — targeting workers that will be returning home after a long day of work and the sales were very good. I would make around $350 on a good day after selling about 50 roasted cobs at $7 each. This enabled me to pay rent and buy food as well as send my two children to school – Cosmas Sithole

I am very vulnerable right now together with my family. I do not even know where I will get my next meal because I am grounded – Marko Sibanda 

The government promised to extend a cushioning allowance to vendors and informal traders but is yet to disburse the money 6 weeks after the lockdown started.

More: Newsday 

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One Comment on “The Informal Sector Hit The Hardest By The Extended Lockdown – Veritas

  1. The biggest crime being committed in Zimbabwe today is not the breaking of any lockdown rules, it is the SHUTDOWN of all businesses by the Zimbabwe Govt. SHUTDOWN means no job, no income, no money, no funds to purchase food, which is tantamount to mass murder. All for the sake of about 10 Covid19 deaths. Hundreds die monthly in the rural areas from malaria, hunger, drought, diabeties, old age, yet this Govt does nothing for them. Hundreds more are going to be murdered by this Govt before they see sense and lift the SHUTDOWN. But it is s….t scared of Covid19, which attacks unhealthy and obese fatcats.

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