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StreetNet International and its Mission with South Korean Affiliate - KOSC (Korean Street Vendors Confederation)

On 12-17 January StreetNet delegates embarked on a trip to South Korea. Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organiser for Europe and Asia and Sibailly Maximillien Douhoure, StreetNet Organiser for Africa/Educator had a successful visit to KOSC. They were sent to South Korea to improve communications between StreetNet and South Korean Affiliate KOSC (Korean Street Vendors Confederation) as well as to discuss the Policy Workshop for South Korean Affiliates, which is foreseen in the framework of the FLOW Project.

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Traders threaten chaos over vendor`s killing

Shoes Maloka, chairman of Tshwane Barekisi Forum, Lesego Makhubela, of the ANC Youth League, and Eliot Nkadimeng, of Tshwane Barekisi Forum, at a media briefing on the shooting of a street trader. Photo: Etienne Creux

South Africa (Pretoria)- Hawkers in the city centre have given the City of Tshwane until Friday to meet their demands or they will make the city “ungovernable”.

This threat comes almost a week after one of their own, 20-year-old fruit vendor Foster Rivambo, from Saulsville, was shot on Bosman Street, allegedly by Tshwane Metro Police officers.

During a press briefing by the ANC Youth League, the Tshwane Barekisi Forum and the South African Informal Traders Forum on Monday at the Burgers Park Hotel, the hawkers’ leadership outlined their demands and condemned the “evil acts” of the Metro Police.

“We demand… that the City of Tshwane stop defending the man in blue who is not worthy of upholding the law. The City of Tshwane must take full responsibility for this heinous murder,” said Tshwane Barekisi Forum chairman Shoes Maloka.

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Police crack down on street vendors in DR Congo

Authorities in Kinshasa have launched a crackdown on street vendors who sell their wares along the capital's avenues. Though this was presented as a "pedagogical" operation, police ended up destroying and burning stalls on Wednesday morning. One of our Observers filmed them in action.

Launched on December 11, this operation is part of a citywide cleanup effort meant to make the capital more attractive. The goal is to get rid of all the street markets where unlicensed vendors have set up shop. The authorities have said that they plan to replace these markets with green spaces.

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StreetNet International delegation’s mission to Southeast Asia

On December 1-8, 2013 StreetNet International sent a delegation of five people to South East Asia (Mekong region) – to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

With assistance of OXFAM Belgium in Laos and in Vietnam, the agenda for StreetNet delegation was successfully implemented.

To expand StreetNet presence in the Mekong region, the delegation of five people was formed to visit South East Asia with the main purpose of the following:

  1. To check and, if possible, identify potential affiliates in Laos and Vietnam;
  2. To define how to collaborate in solidarity with the trade unions and other civil society organisations in Laos and Vietnam.
StreetNet delegation with Mr. Symoune UONLASY, Vice-President of LFTU Anurag Shanker and Mr.Khampasong, Program manager, APHEDA
delegation with Ms.Khongchay VIXATHEP, Urban Program Coordinator, CARE International StreetNet delegation with OXFAM Belgium team in Laos

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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