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Lack of response from EThekwini Municipality regarding requests for better service delivery and working conditions for Informal traders

On June 26, over a thousand informal traders marched to protest against Ethekwini municipality for better service delivery and working conditions for informal traders. Ubumbano Traders Alliance delivered a memorandum to the Mayors Office on behalf of the informal traders.

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Ubumbano and Phillip Sithole from the Business Unit agreed to have a meeting.This has not yet happened. While waiting for responses to the memorandum, officials were instructed two days later (28 June), to close down the stalls of street traders who owed rent money. Officials were also instructed to close down the storerooms.

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Municipal Corporation agrees to form committee of municipal authorities and street vendor leaders for regular interaction, initiate pilot projects in five areas marking yellow lines and digitalised survey of vendors before formation of TVC and Vending Zones

Anguished and enraged over the non-implementation of the 2004 National Policy for Street Vendors in Ludhiana and the continuing harassment and eviction of street vendors, the National Association of Street Vendors of India {NASVI) and its affiliate Ludhiana Rehri Fadi Federation on Monday launched agitation demanding early formation of Town Vending Committee (TVC) with forty per cent representation of street vendor representatives and for creation of 75 Vending Zones across four municipal zones of the city. Approximately a thousand vendors joined a huge Aakrosh Sabha at the Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in the city in which they slammed the municipal corporation for showing scant regard to the provisions of the National Policy which mandate protection of livelihood of vendors through forming the TVC and creating Vending Zones as well as several judicial pronouncements of the Supreme Court in favour of street vendors.

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Informal traders march to protest against EThekwini Municipality for better service delivery

This Wednesday, June 26, a thousand two hundred informal traders marched to protest against Ethekwini municipality for better service delivery.

The march started from the Botanical Gardens and then proceeded to the City Hall, where a memorandum was given to the office of the Mayor. The march was supported by Ubumbano Traders Alliance (Ubumbano) and StreetNet (to which Ubumbano is affiliated). StreetNet is a worker organisation that broadens, networks and represents their members through national and international structures.

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Market vendors from Ukrainian capital demand re-election of municipality

Kyiv City Organisation of the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine in the coalition of other organisations actively participated in the preparation and conduction of the protest action against the usurpation of power in the city of Kiev and the whole country.

On June 2, despite the heavy rain, around 1500 people attended the rally, the evidence of which was a list of 1 200 signatures collected directly at the rally and under the participants` umbrellas. Those protestors were the citizens who wanted to join the network of resistance to the upcoming dictatorship and to continue the fight.

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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