Informal traders in the city centre revealed that they have already started feeling the pinch in sales as people have left for the the festive season.
Christmas holidays are taking customers away from these small business owners who trade in and around the CBD’s busy streets and Church Square.
They said this was their life and way of making a living so they didn't enjoy the fact that most of their customers headed for the highways to commence trips to holidays destinations.
Armando Chauke pushed a trolley around the streets on Church Square, selling corn to people resting under the shade of buildings.
“When people start leaving for Christmas holidays it gets very lonely and quiet here in town and we lose business. Already there are not many people coming to town because a lot of businesses are closing.