By Martin Mawaya
The Zimbabwe National Chamber of SMES Midlands chapter has appealed to the government and the local authorities to avail them with land so that they expeditiously set up the vending trading markets.
In an interview with this reporter, the organization’s Provincial organising secretary and the Chairperson for Gweru chapter Tafadzwa Mazorodze said they are in the process of approaching relevant authorities to discuss the issue of land to build trading markets for informal traders.
“We are appealing to the local authorities in the Midlands Province and the government to consider our plea for land so that we can build our own smart vending markets.
“We want the land because informal traders have that capacity to build vending marts. What is needed is for the relevant authorities to give us the land because we are the backbone and the engine of the economy,” he said.
Mazorodze said most of the informal traders have been hardly affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown regulations which culminated with the demolitions of the trading markets in the CBD.
“In Gweru urban alone, we have more than 16 000 informal traders who have been affected since their removal by the city council from their trading markets in the Central Business District (CBD).
“We are also appealing for the zonal trading markets spaces in Gweru. These trading centers for farmers will help in minimizing the movement of farmers,” explained Mazorodze.
He urged the informal traders to take advantage of the transitional period to formalize their businesses.
“This organisation is fully behind the formalization of business operations. As such, I want to encourage our members in the informal trading to take advantage of this transitional period to formalize their businesses because there are benefits in formalizing business operations,” he added.