Thohoyandou Street Vendors Hit Hard as Heatwave Scorches Profits, SA Sympathises: “Killing Business”

Thohoyandou Street Vendors Hit Hard as Heatwave Scorches Profits, SA Sympathises: “Killing Business”

  • Thohoyandou street vendors are feeling the burn of the ongoing heatwave and their businesses are taking a substantial hit
  • The scorching temperatures, reaching up to 40°C in many parts of the country, are wreaking havoc on fresh produce
  • Many South Africans are sympathising with the street vendors and the challenges they face battling the elements
Street vendors in Limpopo
Street vendors operating in Limpopo are badly affected by the heatwave. Image: Pierre-Philippe Marcou and Leon Sadiki
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LIMPOPO - Street vendors, including Emily Tshabuse, are facing a significant setback in Thohoyandou as the relentless heatwave causes fresh produce to spoil fast.

Green peppers, naartjies and grapes are withering away, leading to financial losses for vendors like Tshabuse, reported SABCNews.

Thohoyandou vendors count losses

Nyawedzeni Nkhumeleni and Nicholas Mbedzi, two more street vendors in Thohoyandou, echoed the sentiment of financial strain as they grapple with unsold stock due to the unbearable heat.

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They said the scorching conditions are making it challenging for vendors to sustain their businesses.

Street vendors offer tips

The vendors advised people to stay hydrated and, if possible, stay indoors. They urged customers to understand the struggles they are facing during the heatwave, which is not only affecting their profits but also the quality of the produce they offer.

Citizens discuss the extreme heat in SA

SA people weighed in on the unrelenting heatwave on social media. See some of the comments below:

Zoe Skakane said:

"True, even chocolates melted at Spar Thohoyandou."

Jam Obeth mentioned:

"This extreme heat is causing fruit and vegetables to go bad. But we know that our diet can't be well-balanced without vegetables."

Nqunde Keo joked:

"Also for Eskom, coal becomes too hot."

Katlego Paul Esco added:

"Heatwave is killing their businesses."

Joseph Mashiane Tshidi Tsietsi wrote:

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"And people are laughing."

KZN man spends R40 at vendor for vegetables

In another article, Briefly News reported that a TikTok creator decided to hit the streets and buy vegetables cheaply. The man was on a tight budget and showed people what he got.

The video got over 10K likes from fascinated foodies. Netizens who watched the video said they would support small businesses more.

Source: Briefly News

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