Monday mass meeting of evicted pinafore-vendors demand response from eThekwini Mayor and City Manager
On Monday, 10th September at 9 a.m. four hundred and thirty (430) determined self-employed pinafore-makers and informal traders convened a mass meeting at 126 Alice Street. It is the the site where they were forcibly evicted from their workplace on Saturday by Durban Metro Police, on the instructions of the Business Support Unit of the eThekwini Municipality. The traders called on the Mayor, James Nxumalo, and new City Manager S`bu Sithole to meet them after discussing what strategy and tactics to proceed to employ to get the eThekwini municipality to respond to their demands, which include the following:
1.Urgent allocation of a building to work in (since Saturday`s eviction from the building they had occupied – where their remaining machinery and equipment is)
2. Appointment of a woman at the Business Support Unit of the eThekwini Municipality to head women`s issues affecting women informal traders;
3. Support for those who lost their machinery and equipment in a fire last week;
4. Suitable and affordable space to sell their pinafores in flea markets.
Union Cabinet Approves Street Vendors` Bill in India
The much awaited central law to protect the livelihood and social security rights of more than 10 million street vendors became a reality with the Union Cabinet on Friday, August 17 were the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2012 was approved. The Bill would now be placed in the Parliament for enactment.
Ladysmith informal traders unite to resist forced removal of street barbers to flood prone area without alternatives or negotiation
An ongoing battle since 2009 between the Ladysmith Municipality and Street Vendors led to street traders embarking on a protest march on the 7th August 2012 for harassment, forceful evictions by the police and lack of service delivery. A memorandum was handed to the Office of the MEC of Local Governance Nomusa Dube, as the street traders claim they no longer trust the co-operation of their local municipality.
Zama Zondi from the Informal Trade Support Services (ITSS) organisation representing the street barbers as well as other informal traders in Ladysmith commented that the municipality started violating the rights of the street vendors just after the MEC and Premier`s announcement that Ladysmith should be funded under the upliftment programme in KZN’s small towns.
The street vendors in Ladysmith have been trading for 16 years. "The municipal manager, Mr Madoda Khathide and the officials made an erroneous decision to put up a structure for the street vendors to trade in the flood prone area, which is on the banks of the Klip River. They had not even consulted the people concerned," he said.
Women pinafore-sellers and informal traders protest against EThekwini Municipality for fair trading rights
Commemorating Women`s Day, a march was held this Tuesday, against the City Council. This was done to speak out against the exorbitant prices charged by private business owners and to protest the rights of the informal traders. There is a call for the municipality to provide Street Vendors a decent place to trade as they also have trade permits.
The march had started from Botha`s Garden and then proceeded to the City Hall, where a memorandum was given to the office of the Mayor.