The unpleasant sight of tents made of metal and soaring plastic shacks that had become a business hub along the NUL fence was cleared at the instruction of the Manonyane Community Council ahead of the university’s preparation for the past graduation ceremonies. One of the vendors ’Matitina Mosaase, said upon their eviction from the NUL vicinity they relocated to a premises in the neighbouring “where there is literally no business, the move has affected our business negatively as we do not make enough money”.
Mrs Mosaase said they erected their shacks along the fence after a busier exit gate at the campus was closed a few years ago. She said they moved along the fence to be nearer to their customer, (students) who placed their food orders through the fence. “Our removal has, as a result, been to the detriment of struggling businesses because now students have go to the other side of the campus to buy food,” said Mrs Mosaase.
“We are about 300 metres from where we used to operate before and for students to place their orders they have to shout so that we can hear them. This negatively affects our business because instead of shouting they find it better to go to other people and therefore we run losses,” she added.