Case opened against police by informal traders in Durban for assault

Last week ten vendors have laid charges of assault claiming they were kicked and punched by the police during a raid when they allegedly confiscated corn, as they did not have permits. They said that the police also used pepper spray on them.

According to the Mzwandile Mvula, General Secretary of ACHIB(African Co-operative for Hawkers and Informal Businesses) and Umbumbano Traders Alliance, the business support unit is refusing to issue permits to traders who are selling mealies.

Mvula said that no one has been taking action against the police officers when complaints have been previously lodged against them." In one incident near Albert Park last year, police confiscated goods from hawkers and were seen sharing it among themselves. This matter has been reported but nothing has been done. In this matter, police brutality is unacceptable."

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Metro cops `punched` mealie vendors

`ASSAULT`: A street mealie vendor explains how metro police beat them up this week.Durban`s informal mealie trade vendors are preparing for a showdown with city authorities after they were allegedly beaten by metro police officers who confiscated their corn for operating with permits.

Ten vendors have laid charges of assault, claiming they were kicked and punched by police during a raid in the city centre this week. They also said police used pepper spray on them.

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New York Street Vendors Displaced by Bike-Share Want Their Voices Heard

As the racks for the Citibike bike-share program have been installed around New York in recent weeks, New Yorkers have become aware of their public spaces in a whole new way. Suddenly, people are feeling proprietary about the sidewalks they usually walk over without thinking.

Many of the complaints about the new racks do look like classic NIMBYism. In Fort Greene, some people are disgruntled about the aesthetic impact on landmarked blocks (although they're apparently unconcerned about the way all the big fat cars look on those same blocks). In Manhattan, some co-op residents say they simply don’t want racks so close to their building entrance.

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South African Informal Traders Alliance officially launches in Kimberly

COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, addessing the crowdThe 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.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies