MBABANE: Mathokoza Tfwala, the Public Relations Officer (PRO)of the Municipal Council of Manzini said they were working around the clock to ensure that the vendors affected by rains were provided with decent shelter.
This comes after this Swaziland News reported that the heavy rains affected the operations of the Manzini vendors at the Satellite Bus Rank.
\"We are closely monitoring the situation and working on providing additional shelter. In essence, the traders have not been neglected but the Municipality is working with them towards mitigating the extreme unfavorable conditions whilst at the temporary site while we still renovate the main market,\"said the PRO.
Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line.
Colani Hlatjwako, the One Billion Rising Africa Coordinator said in every development taking place, the people, particularly women should be consulted so they could become part of the process.
\"When we talk about development we are talking of moving from worse conditions to better, you can\'t then move people to an open space where their productivity would be compromised\", she said.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Mathokoza Sikhondze, the Coordinator of the Informal Traders said as the vendors they appreciated the fact that the Municipality was preparing to renovate their old structure, however, he mentioned that they should have been provided with a temporal shelter pending the renovations.
Manzini Municipality to provide shelter for vendors affected by rain