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Why is used clothing popular across Africa? We found out in Malawi

The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up on the African continent...

By Dan Banik 8 hours ago

CoCT to equip 10,000 informal traders with Covid-19 toolkits

The City of Cape Town will be issuing 10,000 CPT+U Covid-19 Informal Traders' Toolkits to qualifying informal traders...

3 days ago

SA's record e-commerce performance offers hope for battered economy

E-commerce is providing a ray of hope for the local economy with transactions hitting a record high in May and June...

30 Jun 2020

B4SA assists informal sector Return to Work

Business for South Africa (B4SA), working with partners, is providing business in the informal sector with a set of easy to use Return to Work resources to help guide them...

24 Jun 2020

Government formalises over 2,000 spaza shops

Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says her department has formalised over 2,000 spaza shops during the Covid-19 pandemic...

24 Jun 2020

Rules for personal care services during advanced Level 3 lockdown

The government has gazetted regulations for the operation of personal care services, including hairdressing, beauty services and tattoo parlours...

22 Jun 2020

Is a cashless informal market possible?

The desire for cashless transactions - driven by the ongoing fear of Covid-19 infection - is as prevalent in the informal sector as anywhere else. What is needed is a way to make these a reality...

By Craig Duggan 19 Jun 2020

Covid-19 pandemic: Should brands be doing more?

Are the health and safety standards at stores in lower-income areas as high as they are in affluent areas? In brief, no...

By Richard Wells 17 Jun 2020

"We are not doing any business" says street vendor

Report finds 70% of households in poor neighbourhoods source food from informal sector...

By Zoë Postman 10 Jun 2020

Sokowatch e-voucher scheme delivers relief to Kenya's vulnerable

East African startup Sokowatch has launched an e-voucher scheme to help ensure that essential food and goods are available, free of charge, to vulnerable families...

5 Jun 2020

Standard Bank partners with Sefa to assist spaza shops

Standard Bank has partnered with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency to help spaza shops purchase stock through government funding...

4 Jun 2020

Grand Parade traders allowed to open shop in Level 3

Informal traders on the Grand Parade are allowed to resume trade from 1 June following a ruling by the Western Cape High Court.

1 Jun 2020

Level 3: Green light for takeaways and booze, but tobacco ban remains

The ban on cigarettes and related tobacco products will remain in place, but alcohol will be permitted for sale on certain days of the week...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2020

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