The South African Traders Alliance and StreetNet International held a press conference regarding the controversial licensing bill. This was held on the 18 April 2013, at the COSATU house in Johannesburg.
The Bill is being opposed due to the following reasons:
The bill is autocratic because it suppresses informal traders and it has too much administration cost and fees. Only the department have the say and representative Associations are marginalised by the bill.
The effect of the bill to the informal sector is that most people won’t afford the application fees and the administration fees. This will lead to corruption and further unemployment. The economy will also be affected one way or the other. While the government wants to alleviate poverty, the bill increases and invites it.
This sector is characterised by people who previously disadvantaged, people who are rejected by other sectors, unemployed people, people who are victims of corruption and discrimination – but all have one common thing in their minds which made them special to the extent that they understand that it is their responsibility to help government by not sitting and blame-shifting. But in return the same government plans to hit them where it hurts the most! Why?
This draft Licensing of Businesses Bill, that it is too autocratic as it does not care any much about the interest of people down at the bottom, other than for those who serve the interest of individuals who have the power.
For more detailed information on the Bill, please read the letter that was addressed to the Minister of Trade and Industries Rob Davies.
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
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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.
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