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The Cities Support Programme in partnership with the World Bank Group convened a session focused on the enabling policies and regulations required to support informal trade on the 30th June 2020.
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Karen Harrison: CSP-NT
Karen.Harrison@treasury.gov.za
The Cities Support Programme in partnership with the World Bank Group convened a session focused on the enabling policies and regulations required to support informal trade on the 30th June 2020.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused great disruption to the conventional norms of work, living and movement of people. Restrictions on movements and economic activities, imposed as part of the country's Lockdown Regulations, have had a severe impact on the informal sector. This webinar sought to solicit inputs from informal trader organisations, sector and global experts and South African government representatives, to explore policy recommendations and regulations in support of informal trade.

Panelists that participated in the event included:
  • Phumzile Xulu from the South African Informal Worker Association
  • Brian Phalooh from the South African Informal Traders' Forum
  • Rosheda Muller from the South African Informal Traders' Alliance
  • Gog' Lulama Mali from the Joburg Informal Traders' Platform
  • Sthembiso Garane from the City of Ekurhuleni
  • Thulani Nzama from the Ethekwini Metro
The webinar highlighted the need for cities to shift from a focus on law enforcement to recognising and supporting the informal sector in performing its significant social and economic role. The importance of collaboration between the sector and local government was highlighted and the need to build capabilities within both to enable this. The range of instruments that cities have at their disposal to enable the informal economy was highlighted, including: service delivery, licensing, access to land and buildings, supportive services such as storage and access to child care; management of informal trader spaces; and facilitating digital access. Cities also had an immediate role in assisting informal traders address health and safety issues related to Covid-19.
 
  

National Treasury IGR-CSP convenes a bi-monthly City Economic Development Managers' Forum in terms of a City Budget Forum decision to focus on city economic recovery within the COVID-19 disaster. COGTA, the DALLRD, DSBD, DTIC and SEDA all participate.

14 April - 22 July 2020https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/NewsImages/managers.jpg2020-04-14
Karen Harrison: CSP-NT
Karen.Harrison@treasury.gov.za


14th April 2020
Meeting 1 Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

22nd April 2020
SA's Updated Economic and Social Support Measures
EThekwini Economic Stimulus Plan

28nd April 2020
CBF Economic Recovery
Meeting 2 Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

12th May 2020
DSBD Covid-19 response Presentation
Economic Recovery through SNDB - CEDF
IUDF Presentation
Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

26th May 2020
Notes of the City Economic Development Managers
DSBD Covid-19 SMME Response Progs
Annexure A City ED Managers' Forum Mural
Annexure B COVID 19 Relief Summary
Annexure C DTIC City ED Managers Forum
Annexure D Productivity SA
Annexure E CoT Economic Recovery Reponse Plan
Annexure F WBG Presentation to CEDM Forum

9th June 2020
City ED Managers Forum 9 June 2020 Meeting Summary
DTIC ENTITIES COVID19 SUPPORT
Economic Opportunities
IDCSST
Management Committee and NEF Staff NEF Response to COVID19 Pandemic

23rd June 2020
Mural-EDM forum 23 June -Deepening inter-governmental co-ord

7th July 2020
Clusters_Ethekwini_ NT CSP Presentation
COVID 19 Business Recovery Update
DAC_WGAandB - Phase 3 Session 1
Economic_Impact_Of_COVID19_on_the SA_Automotive_Sector
Mural City Economic Recovery Planning- Deep Dive into the Auto Sector
NAAMSA State of the Auto Industry
NT ED MNGRS FORUM 7 JULY 2020

22nd July 2020
​BUILDING A SOCIETY THAT WORKS
EDMF Mural Codesigning PEPs
National Treasury IGR-CSP convenes a bi-monthly City Economic Development Managers' Forum t in terms of a City Budget Forum decision to focus on city economic recovery within the COVID-19 disaster. COGTA, the DALLRD, DSBD, DTIC and SEDA all participate.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the downgrading of SA's investment grading has placed huge financial and development pressures on South African cities. There are huge demands on metros from a disaster and health perspective. All the metros are under growing pressure from business in terms of their ability to pay rates, rentals and service delivery charges and to provide information on what national support instruments are available. Metro municipalities are developing their economic responses to the crisis.

However, many of the economic support measures that businesses must access lie at national government level. As such, metro economic responses must be a collaborative inter-governmental and societal effort.

To facilitate inter-governmental co-ordination, the City Economic Development Managers' Forum will perform the following functions:
  1. Facilitate information flows between metros and key economic sector departments to:
    • Provide updates on available economic relief measures
    • Provide feedback on the uptake of these relief measures (e.g. employee, SMME and informal trader) by national sector departments
    • Provide feedback on business and community' perceptions and experience of these measures by the metros; and
    • Share and address data requirements by both national sector departments and metros.
  2. Act as a platform for metros to test their own economic relief and recovery measures to ensure city relief measures:
    • Do not duplicate national interventions
    • Do not encourage double-dipping by firms and individuals; and
    • Are fiscally and legally sound.
The inception meeting was held on the 14th April 2020. This meeting agreed on the objectives of the Forum. National Treasury and SEDA presented on national economic support measures that had been put in place. The cities reported on difficulties in SMMEs accessing the available support and engaged on their actions to facilitate information flows to businesses. The cities also shared their economic recovery measures that were being considered.

In the second Forum meeting held on the 28th April 2020, National Treasury provided an update on government's economic and social response and relief measures announced by the President as part of the second phase of the country's COVID-19 response. The DARDLR provided information about its R 1.2 Billion farmer support programme. A highlight in this meeting was a presentation made by the EThekwini Metro on its draft Economic Recovery Plan. The Open Data Lab also engaged the metros on support that could be provided to the metros to manage and analyse data that could assist in their economic development responses to COVID-19 and the current economic crisis.
 
  

The aim of the event was re-energise the programme implemented by the metros with the support of National Treasury (CSP), the World Bank Group (WBG), the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the UK Prosperity Fund.

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​This CSP (IGR-NT) convened discussion was attended by 67 participants from metros, sector departments and other organisations -receiving inputs from all 8 metros on the financial impact on municipalities of water and sanitation responses to COVID-19.

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