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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): South Africa ; Sub-Saharan Africa
South África Maynard: Estimating SA's informal economy - a hefty contribution Biz News . (16 April 2016)

Labour Market Approach: Reported earnings from informal sector employees, informal employment in the formal sector, earnings from unregulated businesses (street hawkers, spaza shops etc). Best measured by a household survey such as the General Household Survey from Statistics South Africa.

South África Industrious migrants are an opportunity for South Africa Weekend Argus . (10 January 2016)

Mean Streets book coverMean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa, edited by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, power¬fully demonstrates that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa’s “mean streets”. This book draws attention to what they bring to their adopted country through research into previously unexamined areas of migrant entrepreneurship. Ranging from studies of how migrants have created agglomeration economies in Jeppe and Ivory Park in Johannesburg, to guanxi networks of Chinese entrepreneurs, to competition and cooperation among Somali shop owners, to cross-border informal traders, to the informal transport operators between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the chapters in this book reveal the positive economic contributions of migrants. These include generating employment, paying rents, providing cheaper goods to poor consumers, and supporting formal sector wholesalers and retailers. As well, Mean Streets highlights the xenophobic responses to migrant and refugee entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in running a successful business on the streets.  For further details see African Books Collective.

South África N Cape municipality accused of removing hawkers in CBD SABC . (2 October 2015)

The Sol Plaatje Municipality in the Northern Cape has forcibly removed hawkers around the Kimberley CBD. Angry hawkers have accused the municipality of harassment and incompetence amid alleged failure to issue trading permits.

South África More inclusive approach needed on Joburg informal traders - report News24 . (29 September 2015)
By Wakefield, Adam.

A more inclusive approach was needed on informal traders in Johannesburg, says a report released by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (Seri). The report, titled The End of the Street? Informal Trader Experiences of Rights and Regulations in Inner City Johannesburg, was released on Tuesday.

South África City of Joburg trading laws too restrictive SABC . (29 September 2015)
By Phagane, Tshepo.

The City of Johannesburg's street trading regulations are restrictive, inconsistent and enforcement-oriented rather than developmental or enabling. That's the conclusion of a research report into the experiences of informal traders in the Jo'burg CBD.

South África Women informal traders celebrated IOL Beta . (8 August 2015)
By Ndlazi, Sakhile.

Women in the informal business sector were celebrated and acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to the economy by the metro council on Friday. The celebratory gathering was the first of many Women's Month festivities that the city plans to roll out throughout the month of August.

South África Cape street vendors facing arrest Independent Online . (20 July 2015)
By Petersen, Carlo.

A group of mobile street vendors selling handmade furniture in Cape Town city centre could soon find themselves behind bars for contravening the city's by-laws.

"We conducted interviews with over 500 migrants entrepreneurs both in Johannesburg and Cape Town with the view to test the stereotypes of migrant economic activity and to gain some hard evidence." -Caroline Skinner, Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Cities and Urban Research Director at WIEGO.

Xenophobic violence reared its head in Durban this week, with foreign nationals given an ultimatum to leave the country left fearing for their lives and seeking refuge with police. According to IOL, about 120 people were attacked in Isipingo on Monday night. Foreign-owned shops in Isipingo have since been boarded up and street hawkers have fled.

South África Op-Ed: The double dehumanisation of an unequal society Daily Maverick . (27 March 2015)
By and S. Charlton, C. McMichael, M. Rubin.

In 2013, the City once again embarked on cleaning up and "dealing" with inner city issues through Operation Clean Sweep. This time, 6,000 traders of all legal conditions were forcibly removed from their stands, their goods confiscated and themselves subjected to personal abuse.