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Covid-19 stimulus plan won’t protect informal economy

The sector is incredibly vulnerable but has largely been overlooked in government’s neal attempts to deal with our current crisis

‘Afraid, but my spaza’s open’

The police and people roving empty streets are intimidating, it’s difficult to replace stock and business has dropped

Fintech fills the funding gap

New companies are plugging the funding gap for small businesses, especially in townships

Editorial: It’s inequality that breeds violence

'The persecution of the weak and the vulnerable finds new iterations all the time'

At least two dead in Soweto clashes with foreign nationals

Police are currently on scene to quell the violence and looting

Townships are still a world apart

Bids to unleash their economic potential have failed largely because the motives, networks and practices of the informal economy are ignored.

Spazas: It’s not just the economy, stupid

About half a dozen people have been killed in the latest outbreak of looting and xenophobia. It appears South Africa has learnt little since 2008.

Township politics fuel the attacks on ‘outsiders’

Despite state denials that xenophobia is behind the violence, the attacks on foreign township shop owners appear to have a political edge to them.

Mind your own business, minister

Why is good business sense such a foreign concept, Lisa Steyn asks Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Spazas: ‘Looting happened for a purpose’

Small business operators and politicians seem to be singing from the same bellicose hymn sheet.

Small enterprises are embracing a new inclusive business model

Working with small business is good for big business, the economy and job creation.

Spazas: Talking shop is good for business

Thuletho Zwane interviewed the new minister of small business development, Lindiwe Zulu, about local and foreign-owned spaza shops.

Price is king in clash of the spazas

Foreign-owned spaza shops are again becoming a hot political potato for the ANC.

SA spaza shops struggle under large retailers

Spazas are a major component of the informal economy, but big retailers' push into townships to target rising consumer spending is setting them back.

If it’s survival of the fittest, Soweto will give you a run for your money

Even with competition from large retailers, small businesses thrive in Soweto, which appears to accord with ­strategies in the ANC-supported NDP.

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