Bulawayo City Council (BCC) yesterday handed over materials to fight COVID-19 on behalf of Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA).
This follows a handing over ceremony that was held at City Hall in partnership with Vendors Initiative for Socio – Economic Transformation, which has worked with BVTA in various initiatives in Harare and Bulawayo over the past years.
The materials included sanitizers, hand washing water dispenser buckets, face masks and information education materials.
Sekusile informal traders told The Vendors Voice that they were happy with the materials received, because it was a challenge for them to purchase sanitizers and other materials to fight the spread of the virus.
“We are happy that the Association has supported us with these materials, we were worried because we did not know how we were going to purchase all of these materials”, said Mr D. Mbavare, a Committee member at Sekusile Market.
Speaking during the handover event at Sekusile Market, Councillor Rodney Jele told informal traders and council officials including health workers that he is happy that traders are now back to work and they can now support their families. He also urged informal economy workers to maintain physical and social distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to sell their wares in a clean environment as this will help them to attract more customers.
Addressing the gathering, BVTA Information Officer Kwanele Moyo said that the materials handed over by the organisations will help traders fight the spread of the virus.
The informal sector is among the sectors that were greatly affected by COVID -19 and is now re-opening following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions by the government and traders are expected to observe the recommended Wealth Health Organisation (WHO) measures.