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STREET VENDORS SEEK HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Maseru, March 09 — Street Vendors in Maseru seek help from the government about foreigners that sell the same goods as them and being their competitors.

In an interview with the Agency one of the street vendors, Mrs. ‘Marets’itoane Majara said  the fact that foreigners sell everything that they are selling is not good for their businesses because people end up buying from the foreigners because of lower prices.

She added foreigners go to an extent of packaging fruits and vegetables while they are not supposed to do so. She said foreigners must only sell goods in bulk, not packages.

She indicated that foreigners also sell them stock with high prices and they are forced to raise prices which results in their regular customers leaving them.

Mr. Thabo Sello added that foreigners are being treated better by the government than street vendors because they have been crying to the government for a long time and nothing seems to be changing.

He added that they have a committee that passes their concerns to the government and the committee has not been getting positive feedback from the government.

Another source who preferred to remain anonymous said foreigners sell them goods which have expired  and sometimes change the expiry dates. He said they make losses because if no one is buying from them, their fragile goods get rotten.  

They pleaded with the government to hear their cry before they make poor decisions since they have been presenting the same issue to the government for years.

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