Police crack down on street vendors in DR Congo
Authorities in Kinshasa have launched a crackdown on street vendors who sell their wares along the capital's avenues. Though this was presented as a "pedagogical" operation, police ended up destroying and burning stalls on Wednesday morning. One of our Observers filmed them in action.
Launched on December 11, this operation is part of a citywide cleanup effort meant to make the capital more attractive. The goal is to get rid of all the street markets where unlicensed vendors have set up shop. The authorities have said that they plan to replace these markets with green spaces.
StreetNet International delegation’s mission to Southeast Asia
On December 1-8, 2013 StreetNet International sent a delegation of five people to South East Asia (Mekong region) – to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
With assistance of OXFAM Belgium in Laos and in Vietnam, the agenda for StreetNet delegation was successfully implemented.
To expand StreetNet presence in the Mekong region, the delegation of five people was formed to visit South East Asia with the main purpose of the following:
- To check and, if possible, identify potential affiliates in Laos and Vietnam;
- To define how to collaborate in solidarity with the trade unions and other civil society organisations in Laos and Vietnam.
The Social Security tool in Brazil (MEI) and its relation with street vendors
In Brazil we have a recently created social security policy towards the informal workers. The federal government implemented this formalising policy in 2008 during the second term government of PT (Workers' Party).
The MEI, abbreviation of Individual Micro Entrepreneur, is a registration that offers many benefits to informal workers. Simple, inexpensive and non-bureaucratic, the MEI offers excellent conditions for any informal worker contribute monthly and thus obtain a considerable coverage from the social security system as for example, a retirement and infirmity pension. Besides that, the MEI allows the worker create an enterprise through the internet, exempt from registration fees. It was made possible to hire one employee, have access to banking services including credit and reduced tax. In addition, the federal government provides technical support through SEBRAE, a public organisation which supports business projects.
Traders Win!! - Evicted Johannesburg traders can return to inner city, court rules
The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that Johannesburg’s lawful informal traders can return to their stalls on the streets of the inner city and continue trading, after a morning of argument.
Members of the South African Informal Traders Forum (SAITF) and the South African National Traders Retail Association, some of whom have lawfully traded on Johannesburg’s streets for more than 20 years, had been removed as part of the city’s "Operation Clean Sweep" — an initiative to rid the city of illegal hawkers.
After they were turned away by the high court, which struck their case off the roll saying it was not urgent, they went urgently to the Constitutional Court.