THE Metropolitan Trading Company (MTC) takes care of informal traders and taxis, giving developmental support to the sector and managing the facilities the City has set aside for micro retailers and taxi operators. It is a municipal-owned entity established in 1999. There are 12 markets and taxi ranks under its control, strategically located throughout Johannesburg. These include the City’s street trading programme in the inner city and markets in Hillbrow, Yeoville and the Metro Mall in the central business district. In all, these markets accommodate about 5 000 informal traders.