The Implications of COVID-19 on Informal Trading in Gauteng, South Africa

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John Ringson
Tanusha Raniga

Abstract

COVID-19 and consequent changes in mobility have altered informal trading as a significant livelihood activity for many unemployed people in South Africa. Emerging evidence shows that informal traders were severely affected by this health and economic crisis.  We analyse a representative sample of 15 informal traders from Gauteng and show that transitions to reduced working hours and to working from home have resulted in enhanced business skills, increased social bonds, and using digital platforms for trading.  Despite lockdown and social distancing measures, we demonstrate three facilitating themes: human capital benefits and sustaining trading, social capital benefits, financial benefits and using digital platforms to enhance trading. The article concludes with suggestions to strengthen associations and business forums for informal traders in the second economy.

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Ringson, J., & Raniga, T. (2022). The Implications of COVID-19 on Informal Trading in Gauteng, South Africa. African Journal of Governance & Development, 11(1.2), 307-327. https://doi.org/10.36369/2616-9045/2022/v11si2a6
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