Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) , has appealed to the government to assist informal traders with equipment to meet World Health Organization protocols to guard against the Covid 19 virus as they return to their work places.
President Emerson Mnangagwa on Monday announced that the informal sector could resume operations under the reviewed lockdown regulations.
Speaking during Singabantu Banye on Skyz Metro FM , BVTA Executive Director Michael Ndiweni , said some traders where in need of assistance in order to meet WHO protocols for them to start trading .
“This is a step in the right direction it was going to be very fair if the government had also put in place mechanisms to ensure that traders who have been out of business for a month are at least assisted in dealing with the cost of compliance as recommended by the World Health Organization such as the acquisition of hand sanitizers and thermometers for temperature checks.”
The Executive director added that in the meantime the association had sourced PPE to allow some traders to kick-start their operations.
“We have informed various markets to come and collect thermometers that have already been bought . These markets can get in touch with the office .”
The BVTA on Tuesday also met with the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Matabeleland North Richard Moyo , were the association appealed for Covid 19 cushion allowances which members only received once last year.
Meanwhile Bulawayo City Council Senior Public Relations officer , Mrs Nesisa Mpofu whilst speaking during the same show urged informal traders to comply with city council regulations which include payment of licenses and operating in designated areas .