By Yolanda Moyo
Informal traders in Bulawayo have once again been reminded to continue operating under the set COVID-19 safety regulations as the nation battles the third wave of the pandemic.
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the continued support that government is offering to informal traders during the pandemic has been described as a benevolent gesture by those operating at Sekusile Market in Bulawayo.
“We are grateful for what government is doing for us. We are facing a pandemic and here we are operating, helping us to fend for our families. The vaccination programme was a noble thing that our government did for us; it shows that indeed that our work is recognized,” a trader said.
Another said, “We are urging members to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as the success of the inoculation programme will see the continued opening of more working spaces at marketplaces.”
The Minister of Women Affairs, Community and Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni said government will continue supporting the sector despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The President heard your plea and he agreed that you will continue to operate during the lockdown. People are dying from the pandemic and having a total lockdown is not ideal for people like you. You have to follow all the guidelines so that we do not spread the pandemic. Now it is the time for people to look after their own health, if you do not do so, we will die. We want to thank the government for the successful roll out of the vaccination programme in the city. Those that have not vaccinated please do so for the safety of everyone,” she said.
It was also an opportunity to remind the Bulawayo community to comply with COVID-19 regulations when interacting with traders.
“We have to follow all covid-19 regulations as the community when we interact with vendors. It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that we do not spread the pandemic,” said Bulawayo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs And Devolution, Hon. Judith Ncube.
Government is intensifying the vaccination programme as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus.