City accused of ill-treating informal traders and small businesses in townships

Mark Tinker from the NPO Sibanya Projects, which assists informal traders and small businesses in Philippi and Mitchells Plain, alleges that the City of Cape Town is ill-treating small businesses in the area.

He says the city uses its security forces to move people who have set up their businesses, and in the process confiscates their goods and never returns them.

This follows an interview on Monday morning, where Kieno Kammies spoke to Garreth Bloor about what the city is doing to create an environment that encourages job development and up-skilling of labour.

Listen to the full conversation below:

My big problem with the city of Cape Town is that you cannot claim publicly that you support small business and on the hand walk all over them and remove their staff and make them disappear

Mark Tinker from the NPO Sibanya Projects

Garreth Bloor,Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, City of Cape Town says that the city has designated space which is provided for small businesses.

He says trading is not permitted in certain areas but they try to provide alternative space when they move people.

Garreth also said that he is willing to communicate with Sibanya Project to help sort out some of the challenges they facing.

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