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City supports Nelson Mandela Bay on Informal Trading Policy
Over the years EThekwini Municipality has provided technical support to South African municipalities on a range of topics relevant to improving local government service delivery.  In support of this initiative the MILE Municipal Technical Support Team facilitated a Workshop on Informal Economy for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality from 20-21 June 2017 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

A delegation comprising of officials from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, SALGA, COGTA and the Socio Economic Rights Institute (SERI) attended the session.

The aim of the workshop was to develop broad guidelines that will form the basis of a policy to efficiently deal with informal trade within the Municipality. 

During the opening session Mr Anele Qaba, Executive Director: Economic Development, Tourism & Agriculture (EDTA) emphasised the importance of the learning event.

“It is really important that we are hosting this session. We do appreciate the assistance given to the Municipality by our partners. The informal economy sector is very important and if it is not regulated and there is no proper strategy to ensure that it is developed to the point that it can contribute to the economy, then we are bound to lose as a City, said Mr Qaba. 

Participants spent the duration of the facilitated workshop engaging and strategizing on various ways of developing the guidelines required to inform the policy. They also identified gaps within the existing informal economy policy and found innovative ways to improve it. 

In moving forward participants committed to developing an Informal Economy Framework; undertake a socio-economic impact assessment ; undertake internal consultations and to engage in another session with MILE and SALGA in the future to determine progress of the initiative​. 
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