Community Blog: Street traders get paid
Street traders in Port Elizabeth seem to be raking in the benefits of being a host city in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Known as the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth‚Äôs street traders said this week they too were enjoying the business boom brought by the tournament.
This comes after Cape Town Street traders were flighted on a TV news channel this week saying they were taking home about R1800 on busy days, selling football paraphernalia.
Prince Makhani, who operates at the intersection of Govan Mbeki Avenue and Albany Road, said England, South Africa, Spain, Brazil and Germany national flags were selling like ‚Äúhot cakes‚ÄĚ. Ghana and Nigeria flags were also sought after.
‚ÄúI normally get about R1000 and R1500 a day,‚ÄĚ said Makhani, who sourced his stock from a Johannesburg firm. ‚ÄúI go to Jo‚Äôburg four times a month.‚ÄĚ
John Churu who claims the intersection of Cape and Greyville raods as his ‚Äúturf‚ÄĚ, said: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve got all the flags of the 32 participating teams. Business is OK.‚ÄĚ Regarding his day‚Äôs takings, he said it was not fixed ‚Äúbut I‚Äôm sure of R800 a day‚ÄĚ.
But not everyone had a fair share of the business boom the tournament has brought. One such person is Zivanai Mataruse who sells at the busy intersection of 17th Avenue and Springfield Road near Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre in Walmer.
Mataruse who sold England and South Africa wigs, said they were very popular and were always out of stock. Despite this, ‚ÄúI get about R300 a day. Business went through different phases over the last few months, but during the Super 14 rugby tournament it was very good.‚ÄĚ
However he believed it was ‚Äúfar much better‚ÄĚ to sell on the streets than ‚Äúto rob people‚ÄĚ. He wished the SA team the ‚Äúdue best‚ÄĚ, adding: ‚ÄúI feel very good that the World Cup is organised here in South Africa.‚ÄĚ
This blog was written by a community blogger¬† chosen ¬†to write¬† on their community‚Äôs experience of the ¬†World Cup.