Informal traders connect

More than 100 informal traders gathered at the Portland Indoor Centre at the Informal Traders Expo.

The Informal Traders Expo was held in partnership with False Bay College’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

The chief operating officer of the W&RSETA, Ntombi Dudla spoke at the event on Tuesday March 30.

It took place on Tuesday March 30 at the Portland Indoor Centre in Mitchell’s Plain and was attended by more than 100 people.

Twenty-five informal traders exhibited their products and services, ranging from music to food, clothing, screen printing, welding products to tutoring and educational services.

Nicolette Repepi from Autism Connect delivered a motivational speech.
Informal trader Eunica Paulse at her cakes table.

At the event R50 000 in prize money was made available to the nine informal traders who displayed the most growth potential and social impact. The expo was the culmination of a business skills project started in August last year.

This year is focused on mentoring support to assist the informal traders to transition their businesses to the next level of sustainability, said Abraham Oliver, entrepreneurship programme panager at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Westlake campus of False Bay TVET College.

This project will be concluded in December.

“We want to thank our key sponsor W&RSETA for the project. This project saw how practical support and network linkages can make a meaningful difference in both the trader, entrepreneurial skills, and their business,” said Mr Oliver.

For more information on informal trading email the False Bay College Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator at