Township wars — the myth and mayhem

Nazil Munssi, surrounded by police, in front of his looted shop last month. Townships including Soweto have been hit by looters targeting foreign-owned stores. Picture: AFP/STEFAN HEUNISCARWASH owner Nathi Mbatha says it is a “sad thing” that both government and fellow South Africans are “quick to refer to us as cry babies and incompetent business people” outclassed by foreigners who are simply working harder.

Mr Mbatha, who works in Merebank, a low-income area in KwaZulu-Natal, was speaking to Business Times in the grim aftermath of the looting spree that rippled through Soweto and other townships, devastating a number of foreign-run shops and leaving five people dead — including a baby.

The authorities have focused on this key question: was this the first wave of a new round of xenophobic attacks, or simply criminal opportunism?

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NASVI to host Street Food Festival in 2015

After the success of the National Street Food festival in 2014, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) will be hosting another Street Food Festival this year. This will take place on February 27, 28 up until the 1st of March 2015 at Baba Kharak Singh Marg.

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NASVI recently hosted workshops to train street food vendors on hygiene. Their training also included various aspects of food preservation techniques. Feedback from vendors, were that the workshops helped them a lot, as it also attracts customers who see them serving food with gloves and aprons as it is about quality and service.

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Flash Floods continue to create havoc in Malawi

Caption: Image sourced from - - Women salvaging what they little they have left. Recent floods have left over 600 000 people affected and hundreds of lives were lostGovernment statistics show that 176 people have died (with an unknown number still missing). There are over six hundred thousand people affected by the floods in the country because of the week - long torrential rains. The death count is expected to rise as more bodies are found.

Those affected are devastated as they lost their homes. Phalombe, a southern district and one of the worst affected had more than 20,000 houses destroyed, and some areas were submerged beneath 2.5m of water. There is a concern for Cholera because of lack of clean water supplies. It was also noted the increasing number of mosquitoes being attracted to the still water and the worry of malaria as people are forced to sleep outside due to limited shelters.

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TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies