The inquiry into the grocery retail sector presents an opportunity to begin to look for ways to tackle the challenges faced by informal traders, and to level the playing field, say various groups including the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. The National Development Plan — the government’s blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality — earmarks small, medium and micro-enterprises, and the informal sector as key jobs drivers. The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, acting in partnership with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, has made a written submission to the grocery retail sector market inquiry. The Competition Commission initiated a market inquiry into the grocery retail sector in 2015 arguing that there was reason to believe features of the sector prevented, distorted or restricted competition. The commission is due to conclude its work later this year...

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