Simphiwe Dana Says Street Vendors Should Be Regarded As Essential Service

"if shops are open and seen as an essential service, street vendors must be regarded as the same. Beyond that, we all need to be more responsible with our utterances during this difficult time. I like how India is tackling the issue of street vendors."

Simphiwe Dana Says Street Vendors Should Be Regarded As Essential Service-SurgeZirc SA
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Simphiwe Dana is coming from a different to reach out to small communities. Since the national lockdown, several celebrities have been vocal about street vendors not being allowed to sell during the 21-day lockdown while retailers have been classified as essential services.

Like other celebrities, the singer Simphiwe Dana shared her views on twitter about which businesses fall under essential services. She also gave an example of how India was dealing with the same situation making sure street vendors continue to sell their goods to people.

”I agree that if shops are open and seen as an essential service, street vendors must be regarded as the same. Beyond that, we all need to be more responsible with our utterances during this difficult time. I like how India is tackling the issue of street vendors.

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The singer also shared pictures on twitter of how street vendor in India continues to sell their products to citizens during the outbreak.

”I would just advocate for free masks to be distributed. But this is in India.”

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The singer also urged the government to set up a plan with banks for citizens because as times goes by if the pandemic doesn’t end anytime soon a lot of people won’t be able to afford anything.

”I urge our government to speak to banks and other financial institutions and service providers to put a freeze on all bills. We will have a hard time affording food very soon. Other countries have. Frankly, we don’t know how long the lockdown will have to last.”

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While a lot of people were agreeing with Simphiwe’s statement one follower felt that it was not yet the time to argue about what we can and cannot work during the pandemic.

Simphiwe replied:” We definitely need to work with the government to make sure the poor and vulnerable are protected. And the government needs to listen. But this is definitely not the time for squabbles but for solutions and unity”

 Hitmaker Prince Kaybee also added his views on the issue and advised that people who are able to buy everything the vendors were selling let them do so, and if they can donate money instead of buying all their stock would also help.

”The whole thing of buying all the stock to me doesn’t make sense to me. Why not just give them the money and let them keep that stock as groceries for themselves for the rest of the lockdown so that when they get back, they have the capital to buy more stock.

”Because you are not going to but all the stock you will use to a certain degree, the rest will go off. If you can afford to buy everything they sell then you can definitely afford to donate that amount and not take anything.”

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