Street trading in South Africa: a case of the Tshwane central business district
- Authors: Nkrumah-Abebrese, Betty , Schachtebeck, Chris
- Date: 2017
- Subjects: Street trading , Central business district , South Africa
- Language: English
- Type: Article
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/238036 , uj:24399 , Citation: Nkrumah-Abebrese, B. & Schachtebeck, C. 2017. Street trading in South Africa: a case of the Tshwane central business district.
- Description: Abstract: Formal and informal street trading is both prevalent and growing in inner city settings. This phenomenon is particularly prevalent in Central Business Districts (CBDs). In the South African inner city context, street trading is thriving and provides an opportunity for street traders to earn a living. This study aims to discover the characteristics and factors influencing street trading in the Tshwane CBD, South Africa. The study follows a case study approach and is qualitative in nature, making use of semistructured interviews with 30 street traders. A non-probability sampling approach was followed by means of snowball sampling. Data was analyzed by means of content and thematic analysis. Results indicate that main factors driving street trading in Tshwane CBD include unemployment and poverty, migration and urbanisation, survivalist entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial intentions. Two-thirds of respondents indicated that they had been street traders for 10-20 years, with little to no trading experience. Respondents also indicates a number of survival challenges, such as low incomes and poor working conditions. Difficulty in understanding municipal by-laws governing street trading were also identified. The findings of this study will assist municipalities, particularly in developing economies, in understanding and better managing street trading activities in CBDs.
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Factors influencing street trading in the Tshwane Central Business District
- Authors: Nkrumah-Abebrese, Betty
- Date: 2016
- Subjects: Street vendors - South Africa - Pretoria , Informal sector (Economics) - South Africa - Pretoria , Job creation - South Africa - City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
- Language: English
- Type: Masters (Thesis)
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/225880 , uj:22824
- Description: M.Com. (Business Management) , Abstract: Street trading plays a significant role in the informal economy; this economy has grown worldwide given worsening economic conditions in many countries (Willemse, 2011). Over the years, the informal economy has created jobs for many South Africans, and taking into consideration the high rate of joblessness in South Africa, the informal sector continue to improve the lives of many people especially for a lot of people from disadvantaged communities. The primary objective of the research was to identify the factors influencing street trading in the Tshwane Central Business District. The secondary objectives for this research included determining the characteristics of informal street traders operating in the Tshwane CBD; to investigate the survival challenges that informal street traders face in the Tshwane CBD; to investigate if street traders are aware of street trading policies; to identify if street traders are licensed to operate; to determine how the street traders view their relationship with the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Municipal Officials; and finally to make recommendations on actions that the municipality can adopt to effectively manage the informal street trading sector in the Tshwane region. The literature review gives a detailed summary on the topic through the use of secondary data. It provided a conceptualisation of street trading, characteristics of the informal street trading sector and challenges facing street trading. It also tackled the main drivers influencing street trading activities, and finally the benefits accruing from street trading activities. A total of thirty (30) street traders were interviewed. The main themes that emerged from the interviews with regard to the factors influencing street trading in the Tshwane CBD, were unemployment, migration and urbanisation, poverty, entrepreneurial ambitions and for survival. The views and perspectives of the participants of the study during the data collection process in addition to the literature review was used as a base...
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