African informal economies and the people who inhabit them
Did you know:
- That the muti market is worth R3 billion a year, with 27 million consumers?
- That the average hawker earns R3000 a month, and that there are nearly 500 000 of them?
- That the trade in goats is worth millions of rand?
- That the dagga trade can set the standard for market and distribution to the informal market?
- That Parmalat cheese slices have created a multi-million rand business in kotas?
- Why the Perfect Sishebo Show is the biggest food show in the country?
eKasi, the lokasie, the South African township, once an apartheid ghetto, is today an amazingly transformed place. This township today is an eclectic mix of mansions, shacks, spaza shops, rocking taverns, hawkers, taxis and hot wheels. In this kasi there are vibrant businesses, energetic people, a tightly networked social community and abundant hope.
GG Alcock will cast a light on the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa’s informal economies and the people who live in them.
GG has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer, and more recently the founder of Minanawe Marketing, a leading marketing agency in the mass market.
N.B. Note that this specific meeting does not fall on our customary ‘second to last Thursday of the month’.
Further information and venue details from the Winelands secretary, Yvonne Steyn.