Hawkers important to the economy: MEC Maile
Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday. "We might want to consider the disingenuous separation of the informal economy from the formal economy," he said.
"The informal sector is one that is largely survivalist and thus mirrors the vast challenges that face our economy." The formal and informal economies had complex links, making them interdependent. Informal traders were significant consumers of formalised businesses` goods and services. Maile was speaking at a workshop bringing together municipalities and informal traders` associations in Gauteng.
Antiperspirant management: towards scentless, uncolourful, untasteful poverty
In less than a week, two episodes of street vending show the magical ability to conceal poverty when it stubbornly appears, however, tragically, with the death of three vendors: one in Sao Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro this week September 2014.
Death, of course, is the end of the militarised management of an issue, among others, urban. Despite every effort by governments to enhance and complement their effective repressive to the various manifestations of poverty, these workers will continue to expose their sweats, while this is not a spectrum that appears only in the statistics.
UPDATE ON THE EBOLA DISEASE OF THE INFORMAL ECONOMY WORKERS IN SIERRA LEONE
On May 25th 2014, the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone following the laboratory confirmation of a suspected case from Kailahun District. The District is located in the eastern region of Sierra Leone, sharing borders with Guinea and Liberia.
This outbreak appears to be a spillover from the on-going outbreak in Guinea and Liberia since March 2014. As of 4th September, 2014 the country recorded a total number of 1,179 Ebola confirmed cases; 404 confirmed deaths nationwide.
SIVARA Country Activity, Argentina: FLOW project, StreetNet International
SIVARA hosted a workshop from the 15th to 16th September 2014, which is within the FLOW Project ´s framework for women`s leadership. The workshop on Social Solidarity Economy brought together almost all provinces of Argentina. Leaders of several regional offices described their specific situations, understanding of social solidarity and entrepreneurship or effort in this matter. Government institutions and representatives of the trade union CGT also presented their views.