informal traders

SAITF to Take City of Joburg to Court

The South African Informal Trader's Forum (SAITF) has announced plans to take the City of Johannesburg to court over the removal of informal traders in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).

In a press statement, SAITF states that the court action followed weeks of speaking to the city in order to find solutions to the evictions of traders.

"The City of Johannesburg, in its clean sweep operation, removed illegal and legal traders regardless of whether one was in possession of a permit, lease or not," it states.

Learners Cause Chaos in Jo’burg CBD

Learners who trashed the Johannesburg City Centre during a protest blame supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters for the scuffle with vendors and shop owners. 

The march led by the Congress of South Students (COSAS) deteriorated after their memorandum of grievances relating to improvement of school conditions was handed over to the Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi.

City Agreement With Informal Traders

The City of Johannesburg has reached an agreement with local informal traders on business by-laws.

In a press statement, the city points out that an urgent meeting was convened following allegations of abuse of power by the metro police officers, reported to the city by the South African National Traders' Retail Alliance.

It says part of the agreement stipulated that the city and traders’ associations work together to discourage illegal trading, and to ensure that traders were allowed in demarcated areas only if they have permits.

Who’s Feeling It? Informal traders and the World Cup

As the whole country gears up for the quickly approaching 2010 FIFA World Cup, not everyone is happy. Informal traders are waiting for a response this week from FIFA to demands made last week at a demonstration outside ‘Soccer City’ protesting their exclusion from World Cup commerce. In the shadow of the Coca-Cola tower, over 100 informal traders presented a memorandum to FIFA executives, who promised a reply within seven days.

Informal Traders Protest Against Evictions

Hawkers protested outside the South African Football Association offices in Soweto, saying they are struggling to survive after being evicted from Soccer City.

"Now that they have moved me away, I don't know what I am going to do. Where do I go?" asked Moffat Sebolelo, a 48 year old who has been trading at the Stadium for 20 years.

Informal traders from around Gauteng complain that they are being excluded from benefiting from the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Very Small is Beautiful for the Majority of Our People

Survivalist entrepreneurship continues to be discounted in South Africa in favour of small to medium employment creating businesses. In our quest to focus exclusively on the employment creating potential and economic growth contribution of the more formal and growth oriented small business sector, we ignore at our cost, and at our nation building peril, the fantastic resource and value of micro and survivalist businesses.

Informal Trader’s Dreams Shattered

Informal traders' hopes of making huge profits during the upcoming World Cup tourist influx were shattered when they were ordered to vacate Park Station, a key transit hub in Johannesburg's central business district. Ironically, the incident occurred during South Africa's Human Rights Day celebrations; the day South Africa remembers 69 victims from Sharpeville who died during the protest against pass laws.

JHB Informal Traders to Benefit from WC

Informal traders within the City of Johannesburg stand to score big during the 2010 FIFA World Cup if they adhere to the international soccer body's by-laws.

In a press statement, the city’s spokesperson, Sibongile Mazibuko, says that, "Though trading will not be permitted in exclusion zones around the stadiums on match days, new opportunities are being created for traders to benefit from being situated in high-fan traffic areas."

Helping informal traders to help themselves

South Africa’s poor have headed government’s call to do it for themselves in the spirit of vukuzenzele. To millions of people affected by poverty and unemployment, the most obvious option to ‘do it for yourself’ is to start small business initiatives such as selling fruits and vegetables, clothes, fast food at a street corner, and operating ‘spaza’ shops.

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