Opportunities and constraints facing informal street traders: Evidence from four South African cities

Authors

  • Lodene Willemse Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Keywords:

central business districts (CBDs), informal street trading, South African cities

Abstract

A small income and the limited ability of the government and the formal business sector to provide sufficient employment opportunities to people in the economically active age categories are two of the main reasons for informal trading in South African cities. As a result, the informal street trading sector plays an important role in providing a security net for millions of the unemployed in the South African economy. However, informal street trading is not without problems. The aim of this article is to report on some of the opportunities and constraints faced by informal street traders in the central business districts (CBDs) of the four main metropolitan areas of South Africa. 

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Published

2011-11-30

How to Cite

Willemse, L. (2011) “Opportunities and constraints facing informal street traders: Evidence from four South African cities”, Town and Regional Planning, 590, pp. 7-15. Available at: https://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/trp/article/view/485 (Accessed: 29September2022).

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Research articles