Inner City Johannesburg – PHOTO 4

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(I took these photos while making my way through Jhb by bus. Apologies for the quality).

 Photo 4 – Snapshot 1

Informal Trading - Jhb Inner City

Informal Trading – Jhb Inner City

Note the following:

  1. This Cellular shop provides goods to Hawkers/Informal traders. Informal traders are seen as a benefit, not competition.
  2. Cellular phones are repaired here, suggesting that cellular phones are ‘recycled’ and not simply thrown away.
  3. The shop itself has solid metal doors suggesting how valuable cellular products are?
  4. There is an advert for the services of a “Prophet” on the right of the image.

Photo 4 – Snapshot 2

Informal Trading - Jhb Inner City

Informal Trading – Jhb Inner City

Note the following:

  1. More cellular products and repairs.
  2. The TV dish may suggest that their business includes digital tv products, or perhaps providing sport coverage during the 2010 world cup (the photo was taken a month after the 2010 Soccer World Cup).
  3. DIANE LADIES FASHION clothes are brought out on to the street to make full use of passing trade. Formal trading making full use of the benefits of informal trading.
  4. Large, lightweight, bags are sold to make it easier for migrant workers to carry goods home.
  5. Need a loan up to R60 000? Call Innocent for more details. See the light pole on the right of the image.
  6. You can hire the ‘bakkie”. A variety of services/products are provided by a single store.

Photo 4 – Snapshot 3

Informal Trading - Jhb Inner City

Informal Trading – Jhb Inner City

The photo was taken in August 2010. Second hand school books would be in demand at this time of the year to prepare students for their final exams.

Geography teacher at heart and author of http://sageography.myschoolstuff.co.za. Account Manager for http://www.campuspress.com. Passionate about South Africa!