- Sibongumusa Zuma from Dambuza has reached out to those who have been affected by the 21-day lockdown
- He organised that groceries be donated to a couple of street hawkers who usually make a living selling goods every day
- However, since then the government has now given the green light to small businesses to continue to trade
The 21-day lockdown imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week has without a doubt had a massive impact on businesses, especially informal traders who rely heavily on the money they make on a day-to-day basis to survive.
While the head of state has the people's well-being in mind, many have suffered due to the effects of the lockdown.
Dambuza's Sibongumusa Zuma decided to lend a helping hand to a couple of street hawkers.
Zuma visited the homes of Lindiwe Ngubane and Sbongakonke Ngubane to give them groceries, GroundUp reported.
“It is hard for everyone but for them it’s harder,” he said.
With the assistance of local businesses, Zuma organised a group of youths to donate groceries hampers to 10 street vendors in Dambuza, Pietermaritzburg.
Zuma added because the street hawkers are not registered, they can not benefit from the special UIF or any other government allowance President Ramaphosa set up to help businesses during this trying time.
He said: “After the President’s announcement we sat down and discussed how we can assist them. We decided that we can buy them food. It’s not enough, but it will make a difference.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the rules on trading have since been relaxed to allow small businesses to continue to trade during the 21-day lockdown.
COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced that spaza shops and street vendors have been given permission to resume operations.
Speaking during a media briefing on Thursday, Dlamini-Zuma warned that while some regulations could change, this particular one has been relaxed.
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