by Fungai Munetsi
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) applauds the Municipality of Gwanda’s effort in approving the site for Informal workers and traders to collectively construct a food market. This outcome is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between ZCIEA and the Municipality of Gwanda which aims at improving the working conditions of informal workers and traders in Gwanda. The approval of the site came as a relief to informal traders who lost their previous trading spaces and posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Informal economy workers and traders who had been affected by COVID-19 issues were relocated from the CABS building market and other markets in the Gwanda Central Business District including the Cooland market and Taxis Rank market pooled resources together to ensure the completion of the market. The construction of this market started in 2020 and it took six months to complete the new structure. This food market will be selling perishables such as fruits and vegetables among other products and will accommodate 315 informal workers and traders. ZCIEA commended the work being done by the Municipality of Gwanda and informal economy workers and traders in coming up with a decent market which will go a long way in serving both parties i.e local authorities realizing revenue while on other hand informal traders working without harassments.
As Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), we will commit to continue building relationships with local authorities to continue supporting informal economy workers and traders initiatives towards formalization by availing modern decent, healthy and eco-friendly working spaces which meet health standards to curb the spread of COVID-19. We are also doing our best to resource mobilise the support of these efforts like we did in Chiredzi Rural District Council where we assisted in the construction of a toilet for traders at Rupangwana Market. “The Chamber That Delivers”