South African Informal Traders Alliance officially launches in Kimberly
The formation and launch of the South African Informal Traders Alliance is indeed an historic event and one without precedent. This has taken place in Kimberely, were there will be a two day workshop on the 15 and 16th of May. It is the culmination of many months of behind the scenes planning and deliberations between the 9 provincial traders` representative bodies, StreetNet International, S.A Municipal Workers Union and COSATU.
Informal traders, street vendors and micro businesses which, by their very nature are critical components of the South African informal business economy, and in turn an integral part of the SA economy, have this day come together in a show of collective unity under the umbrella of S.A.I.T.A.
Self–Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) hosts “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” workshop in Durban
StreetNet International welcomed their affiliate SEWA as they touched ground in Durban this week. SEWA, an organisation based in India has been selected by the Government of India for the implementation of a project called “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” where five countries are selected in Africa. South Africa is one of the countries nominated.
May 1st is also a Day for the Self-employed Workers
Millions of independent workers around the world are far from reaching the levels of social protection achieved by the working class internationally.
For the Union of Professionals and Self-Employed workers (UPTA), 1st May celebrates the commemoration of all the models and systems of work, including the work for own-account or self-employed, done by hundreds of millions of workers ar ound the world.
Tribute to Justice JS Verma
Former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, who headed the government-appointed committee to frame a tough law to tackle crime against women in the wake of the December Delhi gang rape incident, passed away on 22 April 2013. He was eighty years old.
He had set several new benchmarks for judicial activism and accountability, and shook the conscience of the nation towards protecting and preserving dignity and rights of the working poor, women and other vulnerable social groups.