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The Social Security tool in Brazil (MEI) and its relation with street vendors

In Brazil we have a recently created social security policy towards the informal workers. The federal government implemented this formalising policy in 2008 during the second term government of PT (Workers' Party).

The MEI, abbreviation of Individual Micro Entrepreneur, is a registration that offers many benefits to informal workers.  Simple, inexpensive and non-bureaucratic, the MEI offers excellent conditions for any informal worker contribute monthly and thus obtain a considerable coverage from the social security system as for example, a retirement and infirmity pension. Besides that, the MEI allows the worker create an enterprise through the internet, exempt from registration fees. It was made possible  to hire one employee, have access to banking services including credit and reduced tax. In addition, the federal government provides technical support through SEBRAE, a public organisation which supports business projects.

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Traders Win!! - Evicted Johannesburg traders can return to inner city, court rules

Metro police confiscate stock from street vendors trading without licences around Noord Street in Johannesburg in October this year. Picture: SOWETANThe Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that Johannesburg’s lawful informal traders can return to their stalls on the streets of the inner city and continue trading, after a morning of argument.

Members of the South African Informal Traders Forum (SAITF) and the South African National Traders Retail Association, some of whom have lawfully traded on Johannesburg’s streets for more than 20 years, had been removed as part of the city’s "Operation Clean Sweep" — an initiative to rid the city of illegal hawkers.

After they were turned away by the high court, which struck their case off the roll saying it was not urgent, they went urgently to the Constitutional Court.

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Johannesburg informal traders await Constitutional Court ruling

Hawker associations march to the mayor`s office in October, demanding the immediate return of inner-city informal traders to their trading spaces in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHOJohannesburg’s lawful informal traders will know by today afternoon whether they will be entitled to go back to their stalls on the streets of the inner city and continue trading, after a morning of argument in the Constitutional Court.

Members of the South African Informal Traders Forum and South African National Traders Retail Association, some of whom have lawfully traded on Johannesburg’s streets for more than 20 years, had been removed as part of the city’s "Operation Clean Sweep" - an initiative to rid the city of illegal hawkers.

After they were turned away by the high court, which struck their case off the roll saying it was not urgent, they went urgently to the Constitutional Court.

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The articulation process of the street vendors of Brazil

Over the past two years with a lot of investment and dedication, the World Class Cities for All Brazil campaign has presented a lot of progress towards strengthening the street vendors from the FIFA World Cup Brazilian host cities.

Since 2011, representatives from eight cities which will host the World Cup matches have been meeting and discussing the need of articulation, struggle for rights, recognition of the category and unity. Earlier this year, as a result of the work of political organisation, representatives from various associations and unions of street vendors met in Sao Paulo and decided to create a national organisation. Since then two other regional meetings were held and several virtual meetings gave segment to the discussions, which bore fruit to the so called the National Commission for Street Vendors.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

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.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

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