Stellenbosch Municipality and Informal Workers Clash over evictions
In a sudden departure from its initial acceptance of the Stellenbosch Crafters Market, the Stellenbosch Municipality has evicted all traders from the area they have occupied for the past eighteen years.
This structured and settled group of survivalist traders have by the stroke of a pen lost all sense of security as well as their constitutional right to ply a legitimate business on an area conducive to their sustainability. The informal business sector by its very nature is the final bastion of survival for persons who by circumstances beyond their control are not able to be absorbed into formal businesses or state services. StreetNet International and the Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition(WCITC) advocates that local municipalites need to incoporate informal workers in to their future plans. For informal workers their trade is their livelihood and the only means to support themselves.
CZ women grouping gets K2 million loan
Members of Mwaiwathu Women’s Group in Traditional Authority Likoswe in Chiradzulu district have shared over K2 million in loans through village bank saving project under the Malawi Union of the Informal Sector (Mufis). One of the members of the group Mervis Kachione, who received K115,000 said she never expected to receive such an amount after saving her money for a year.
Celebrating SEWA’s 40 Years
In 1972, the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) was born as a labour union in Ahmedabad with just 600 head loaders, street vendors and home-based stitchers as members. In 2012, as it celebrated 40 years, SEWA had more than 1.4 million dues-paying members across many occupations. SEWA has spread not only into other states in India, but has also become a global movement inspiring the emergence of similar organisations in other countries. Responding to the needs of its members, SEWA has also developed a developmental approach to complement its labour union rights-based struggles. This has given rise to innumerable member-based co-operatives that provide finance, training, capacity building, research, health care, childcare, and housing programmes.
Markets of Warwick Wins a Mayor’s Award for Excellence!
On Friday evening of 7th December 2012, a significant moment and victorious closure to the year was realised for the Markets of Warwick Committee, the informal trading community of Warwick Junction in general, including Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). It was when the Markets of Warwick project received a Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the tourism category. This is just two and a half years of the project being set-up and having enjoyed the traffic of over 3200 international and local visitors.
The award banquet was held at Durban’s International Convention Centre where a number of shortlisted projects and individuals were in attendance, nominated under different award categories such as ‘tourism’, ‘formal business’ and ‘icon of democracy’. This was the 17th year that the eThekwini Municipality Mayoral Awards has been running. Although the Markets of Warwick tour was not the overall winner of the tourism category, it received a runners-up trophy and cash prize.