Led by Mr Ronnie Mitshane the association met with officials from LED & RHR of Matlosana Municipality, a Representative from the Faith-based Community, Klerksdorp CPF and Agang Matlosana.

Matlosana Local Traders Association represents local tuckshop owners, vegetable resellers at corners, saloon owners, in Tigane, Khuma, Kanana, Alabama, Jouberton and surrounding farms. The association represents members at structures such as Matlosana Community Safety Forum and encourages most to be in CPFs in their different areas.

The aim of the meeting was to address the worrying factor of lack of co-operation and negative trading tendencies displayed by foreign traders in townships and CBDs throughout Matlosana. This anti-competitive behaviour is causing tension between local and foreign traders who have to co-exist and build a bigger ecosystem.

The association will be organising meetings with foreign traders organisations and even invite embassies and consulates to discuss ways in which harmony could be built, as well as closing that gap where looting and vandalising of tuckshops and businesses owned by foreigners face during services delivery protests.

Authorities from SARS, Departments of Labour; Small Business Development; DTI, Matlosana Municipal Manager and Wholesalers and Retailers will also be met to change the way in which programmes of business and compliance are being carried out.

The association will also be collecting data of local traders in order to help them to rebuild and reposition their businesses and any local trader should feel free to send Mr Mitshane some brief info by WhatsApp or SMS to 073-985-8372.

 Info should include names, places where your trade takes place and township.

In the Picture from left: O. J Mitshane; J.M Danxa; G.I Dikhweng; W.I Cajee; J.S Dladla absent from the picture N.J Ntsolela; V. Moyakhe