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The Challenges Faced by Informal Traders in Greater Letaba Municipality in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Kole Legodi, Matshidiso Kanjere
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 3, No 4 | a98 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v3i4.98 | © 2015 Kole Legodi, Matshidiso Kanjere | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 November 2016 | Published: 01 December 2015

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Kole Legodi, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Matshidiso Kanjere, University of Limpopo, South Africa

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Informal trade has grown at an alarming rate in South Africa because of lack of employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors. This has resulted in many unemployed members of the population joining the informal business sector. The majority of people in this sector do not have skills that are needed in the formal employment sector, others are semi-literate and a small percentage has some level of qualification. Nevertheless, this sector is plagued by a number of challenges which this article presents.  The article reports on the study that was conducted at Greater Letaba Municipality in Limpopo Province. The aim of the study was to investigate the challenges that were faced by informal traders in Greater Letaba Municipality in Limpopo Province in South Africa. The area was chosen because of its accessibility to the researchers and its potential to provide relevant and accurate information for the research project. Thus, a qualitative research method was used to collect data through face to face interviews. The research discovered that some of the challenges experienced by the informal traders in the area ranged from lack of support from the local municipality to structural challenges like lack of ablution facilities and limited access to electricity. Furthermore, other challenges concerned safety and health issues that were also gender based. Most of the traders in the area were women; an element which attest to the fact that it is difficult to find employment in the country when one is less educated and is also a woman.


informal sector; traders; small businesses; entrepreneurship; developing economy


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