Celebrating International Street Vendors Day 2014
On 14 November 2012, StreetNet International adopted a resolution to recognise International Street Vendors Day, to acknowedge street and market vendor´s contribution to societies around the world. During this year, affiliates received support to print t-shirts in commemoration of this day, and many of them celebrated with marches, wearing these t-shirts. StreetNet also celebrated its tenth anniversary during 2012. Fast forwarding to 2014, we have another opportunity to celebrate this important day.
StreetNet host workshops with Informal Workers in Eastern Cape, South Africa
StreetNet had visited their affiliate, The Eastern Cape Street Vendors Alliance (ECSVA) on the 27-30 October 2014. They facilitated workshops in Mthatha, Dutywa and Port St Johns where they had a chance to meet ECSVA members and listen to the challenges they were facing. StreetNet also provided communications training and organisational support for the traders.
In Mthatha, the traders spoke about their frustration with the Ndyebo Municipality. Fundile Jalile, Chairman of ECSVA has been part of the ongoing negotiations saying that the Directorate of the Local Economic Development, Mr Mnqokoyi will not give them a breakdown of the budget they have for the informal traders and how they plan to use it to help them. “After constant meetings, they had declared in a meeting that they had a R1.3 billion budget for Mthatha, with a percentage that is set aside for the informal trade. Many people are unemployed and women especially are breadwinners, who contribute to the economy. We need services, such as proper shelters, toilets. There should also be training workshops. The municipality failed to give us a breakdown of the budget. What are they doing with the money? Nothing is being done here for their people,” said Jalile.
The traders in Dutywa from the Dutywa Workers Association had similar complaints. They said since 1994, there has been no delivery and the Mbhashe municipality never consults us. In 2011, they were invited to a meeting where they were told there was a budget of R2.4 million to help informal workers. The municipality also refuses to give them a breakdown of the budget. “The government talks about liberation, but they are not liberating us. They continue to sideline us and don’t treat us as humans. When ever we ask for meeting, they always postpone the important questions and never give us answers or help us,” they said
Jobs hypocrisy: Politicians kill opportunity with limits on street vendors
Politicians talk about unemployment nonstop. But "jobs" have become just another talking point, a measure of political job performance, a launching pad to discuss bold new plans for economic development and schemes to use other people`s money to prop up big business.
The truth is that suits in capitol buildings don`t create opportunities -- people with vision create livelihoods for themselves and others when they are simply left alone and allowed to flourish.
Informal workers demand recognition
THE Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (Mufis) has said informal workers are not recognised despite being the source of livelihood of close to a third of the country.
Mufis General Secretary Mwanda Chiwambala said the Employment Act also needs to reflect the professional interests of the informal sector workers. He said the informal sector is wrongly perceived as a threat to security and the general good of the country despite offering a base of livelihood for a lot of Malawians who cannot be absorbed into the formal employment sector.