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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 08:54

Help for informal trade sector hit by unrest

DURBAN: The city of Durban is rolling out Business Compliance Workshops throughout the eThekwini region to assist informal traders with restarting trade following July’s civil unrest.

In partnership with stakeholders such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the KwaMashu Business Chamber and North Region Business Association, the aim is to allow these businesses to access relief funding with the purpose of reviving their status.

The first compliance workshop was held at the KwaMashu Community Hall last month, with further workshops due to be held in other regions during the coming weeks.

They are being hosted in partnership with various government entities to improve regulatory and compliance levels of informal traders.

During the initial workshop, traders were assisted to register on the Department of Small Business Development database, which is compulsory to access most of the relief packages.

Meanwhile, informal fruit and vegetable traders in the Isipingo Market were recently allocated R1000 vouchers to help restock their businesses that were burnt and looted during the unrest.

Small businesses are encouraged to apply for the Support Packages by visiting www.dsbd.gov.za.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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