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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): South África ; Sub-Saharan Africa
South África Main challenges of organising vulnerable workers Business Report . (28 March 2014)
By Horn, Pat.

Workers are vulnerable to dismissal, to bad health and safety conditions, and to pay that does not meet their needs.

South África Tshwane hawkers want recognition ENCA . (22 January 2014)

Tshwane informal traders want their trade formalised and are demanding licensing and space issues to be addressed.

South África Tshwane vendors released ioL news . (17 January 2014)

"They were released immediately after the charges were withdrawn by the State on Thursday," SAITF's Gauteng deputy chairman Phumulani Ndlovu said in a statement.

South África Tshwane metro police attack hawkers, confiscate goods Mail & Guardian . (10 January 2014)

Several informal traders in Pretoria have complained of vicious physical attacks by members of the Tshwane metro police.

South África Hawkers, Joburg agree to changes Business Report . (24 December 2013)
By Cox, Anna.

The ugly and sometimes violent dispute between the City of Joburg and traders who were evicted from their trading spots in October and November, has ended well.

South África Hawkers, Joburg still at odds despite court ruling Business Day Live . (20 December 2013)
By Magubane, Khulenkani.

While the judgment appeared to pave the way for the return of all hawkers to the central business district, the city maintains that distinguishing "valid" from "opportunistic" traders would complicate the continuing Operation Clean Sweep.

South África Court Rules in Favor of Johanesburg Street Traders . (11 December 2013)

As a result of Johannesburg's “Clean Sweep” initiative, launched in October 2013, as many as 6000 traders (and an estimated 30,000 dependents) were left without a source of income for rent, food, transportation and school-related expenses.


On 5th December, 2013 the Constitutional Court ruled that traders represented in a court case could return to work until the full case against the city of Johannesburg can be tried at court.

South África Joburg Traders Can Go Back to Work ioL news . (5 December 2013)
By SAPA, .

Photo by Itumeleng English, Indepedent NewpapersJohannesburg - The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that more than 2,000 informal traders represented in a court case in Johannesburg  could return to their pavement spots.

Read more about this situation dating back to October 2013, prompted by the city's "Clean Sweep" initiative.

South África Court rules in favour of Joburg street vendors SABC News . (5 December 2013)

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the City of Johannesburg cannot prevent street vendors from returning to their trading spots on Thursday.

South África Bleak Christmas on cards for street vendors ENCA . (4 December 2013)

Street vendors who have been removed from the inner city pavements in Johannesburg are in for a bleak Christmas.