Metro cops `punched` mealie vendors
Durban`s informal mealie trade vendors are preparing for a showdown with city authorities after they were allegedly beaten by metro police officers who confiscated their corn for operating with permits.
Ten vendors have laid charges of assault, claiming they were kicked and punched by police during a raid in the city centre this week. They also said police used pepper spray on them.
New York Street Vendors Displaced by Bike-Share Want Their Voices Heard
As the racks for the Citibike bike-share program have been installed around New York in recent weeks, New Yorkers have become aware of their public spaces in a whole new way. Suddenly, people are feeling proprietary about the sidewalks they usually walk over without thinking.
Many of the complaints about the new racks do look like classic NIMBYism. In Fort Greene, some people are disgruntled about the aesthetic impact on landmarked blocks (although they're apparently unconcerned about the way all the big fat cars look on those same blocks). In Manhattan, some co-op residents say they simply don’t want racks so close to their building entrance.
South African Informal Traders Alliance officially launches in Kimberly
The formation and launch of the South African Informal Traders Alliance is indeed an historic event and one without precedent. This has taken place in Kimberely, were there will be a two day workshop on the 15 and 16th of May. It is the culmination of many months of behind the scenes planning and deliberations between the 9 provincial traders` representative bodies, StreetNet International, S.A Municipal Workers Union and COSATU.
Informal traders, street vendors and micro businesses which, by their very nature are critical components of the South African informal business economy, and in turn an integral part of the SA economy, have this day come together in a show of collective unity under the umbrella of S.A.I.T.A.
Self–Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) hosts “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” workshop in Durban
StreetNet International welcomed their affiliate SEWA as they touched ground in Durban this week. SEWA, an organisation based in India has been selected by the Government of India for the implementation of a project called “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” where five countries are selected in Africa. South Africa is one of the countries nominated.