18 November 2009
Today a protest mass march was held by Street traders organisations and committees that do not support a Mall development in Warwick as the City is planning. Below is a copy of a memorundum that was presented to the MEC for the Economic and Tourism, Mike Mabuyakhulu. This memorundum was accepted and signed by Leonard Mabaso, Speaker from the office of the minister. +- 3000 traders marched and demonstrated from Curries Fountain to outside the City Hall.
Presented to Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for the Economic and Tourism, Provincial office on Wednesday 18th November 2009
Unique Warwick precinct informal traders` community
With more than 2,1 million working people and turnover exceeding R32 billion, the "second economy" is a force to be reckoned with. The Early Morning Market and Warwick Junction precinct consists of 7000 - 10000 traders, porters and other informal workers in a unique market community with a 99-year heritage, serving hundreds of thousands of the low-income consumers in the eThekwini municipality.
We, as members of the affected community, object to the eThekwini Municipality`s plans to destroy this unique community and to replace it with yet another monstrous large retailers` mall. Recent developments have seen huge shopping complexes mushroom in every corner including townships, accommodating large retailers such as Pick & Pay, Shoprite, Spar, who are all able to purchase products in bulk directly from manufacturers and producers, and whose goods are affordable to higher-income consumers.
We and other members of the disadvantaged communities of eThekwini have sustained our livelihoods in the Warwick Junction precinct and made a significant contribution to the economy during the troubled political past, while our political resistance played a meaningful role for our democratic government. The market vendors and street vendors are a large community of poor people, whose livelihoods will not survive being replaced by this kind of private capitalist venture.
Lack of consultation and forced removal
We object to the manner in which the eThekwini Municipality has treated street and market traders and the organizations who fight for the rights of poor people. The eThekwini Municipality has taken unilateral decisions which affect our lives negatively, without consulting us. Comrades who serve in the eThekwini Municipality are not following the mandate of the people, i.e. "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black or white, and no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people." The administration and the approach on this matter constitute the same forced removal for which the Apartheid government was famous.
We are in full agreement with the need to regulate informal trade. However, this must be done in a humane way which respects human rights, including our rights to our livelihoods. We voted for you not only to beautify the City, but also to serve the needs of the people.
We the various Street vendors associations feel that the MEC for the Economic and Tourism, provincial office, Mr. Mike Mabuyakhulu and his team has been undermined by the eThekwini Municipality to such and extent that Business and Markets Support Unit has arranged marches, talk shows, media conferences and picketing outside the High Court not respecting the provincial task team recommendations that issues concerning the Warwick precinct development need to be resolved amicably and transparently.
We therefore demand:
Masibambisane Traders Organization (MATO)
Traders Against Crime (TAC)
Early Morning Market Association (EMMA)
South African Self-Employed Women`s Association (SASEWA)
Siyagunda Association Warwick Informal traders` interim committee
Warwick residence committee
Stanger Informal traders committee
Verulam Informal traders committee
Tongaat Informal traders committee
Bester Informal traders committee
Pinetown Informal traders committee
Isipingo Informal traders committee
Umlazi Emaweleni Informal traders committee
Umlazi Megacity Mall Informal traders committee
Durban station Informal traders committee
Bovine Head traders committee
Herb market traders committee
World Class City for All (WCCA) campaign task team - Durban
Phumzile Xulu WCCA Co-ordinator Durban
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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.
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