newspaper vendor.jpgWhile Harare’s road intersections might be described as death traps due to risks of being hit by vehicles especially during peak hours, for newspapers and air-time vendors these are normal workplaces. 

 

It could be described as a struggle for survival. Or some might call it a daring act.

 

But for Harare’s newspaper and air-time vendors who have to play cat and mouse with vehicles especially during peak-hours, it is normal business.

 

“We know we are putting our lives at risk but there is nothing else we can do since we need to survive,” said one vendor.

 

While some few minutes at a busy intersection may prove a difficult task for anyone, some vendors say they have been selling the newspapers at such intersections for as many as 20 years.

 

Another vendor had this to say: “We have been in this business for the past 20 years and we now know how to move on the white lines. I could have died in those 16 years am experienced.”

 

Meanwhile, Police Chief Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena says the vendors will be committing a crime as they obstruct traffic.

 

The City Council has however been urged to consider developing newspaper vending sites along roads to reduce accidents.