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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): South África ; Sub-Saharan Africa
South África Street Vendors Defy City Trading Ban Grocott's Mail . (11 December 2014)
By Dayimani, Malibongwe .

Thabiso Ntjolo, from Lesotho, and two of his compatriots Mohlatsi Letopo and Motlatsi 'Junior' Mava have been trading at the side of a busy intersection between Bathurst and Beaufort streets since 2010. According to Ntjolo, Makana Traffic cops come at least three times a month to confiscate their stock or pay fines of R300 to retain it.

South África Cop Could be Forced to Pay for Confiscated Sandals News 24 . (26 November 2014)

An eThekwini metro police officer who confiscated 25 pairs of rubber and plastic sandals from a street trader could find herself paying thousands of rands in legal fees.


For more information on legal cases affecting street vendors, visit the law & informality section of our website.

South África Hawkers important to the economy: MEC Maile The New Age . (21 September 2014)

Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national  economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday.

South África Survivalist street traders keep economy running Media Aids . (8 July 2014)
By Maxon, Chris.

The majority of street traders in South African are black women who trade in sweets, knick knacks, cigarettes, clothing and most prominently in fruit and vegetables.

South África Cops who torment hawkers to be booted ioL news . (1 July 2014)
By Mudzuli, Kennedy.

Rogue police officers who harass informal traders will be flushed out of the system -not only in Pretoria, but across Gauteng.

South África South Africa: The Plight of Informal Street Traders All Africa . (26 June 2014)
By and Adam Armstrong, Barbara Maregele.

Last week, GroundUp witnessed law enforcement officers confiscating the fruit of two street vendors on the corners of Belmont and Main Road, Rondebosch. They are among thousands of informal vendors breaking city bylaws to sell their goods at traffic lights and intersections across the City in order to make their daily living.

South África Joburg hawkers back in court The New Age . (4 April 2014)

Traders argued that the interim relief they seek was narrow, would not prejudice the city and would do no more than place them in a position to continue with their trading until the full review of the lawfulness of the city's conduct was determined.

South África Fake affidavits sold by community patrollers The Tembisan . (3 April 2014)
By Ne-vumbani, Victor.

Two community patrollers, aged 36 and 40, were arrested by their colleagues for selling fake affidavits at Jiyane section in Tembisa on Thursday last week.

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.