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.
Press Conference held to discuss the Licensing Bill
The South African Traders Alliance and StreetNet International held a press conference regarding the controversial licensing bill. This was held on the 18 April 2013, at the COSATU house in Johannesburg.
The Bill is being opposed due to the following reasons:
StreetNet holds successful 4th International Congress in Chile
StreetNet recently held their 4th triennial International Congress in Santiago, Chile, hosted by StreetNet`s national affiliate SINTRALOC, supported by the Central Workers Union (CUT) to which SINTRALOC is affiliated in Chile.
The Congress was attended by 93 delegates from forty countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, representing a paid up membership of 567 106 members who assembled during 25 - 27 March 2013.
Call for support against the Controversial Licensing Bill
South African Informal Traders Alliance(SAITA) together with StreetNet will be holding a media conference on the 18 April 2013.
The bill places excessively burdensome requirements on the population least able to meet those requirements - who are also those who need employment the most. Also, it imposes high administrative costs on the licensing authority by establishing multiple limitations on licensing - so that enforcement will become excessively costly. Instead, the provisions of the bill should make the licensing of business at any scale (however small) as simple and accessible as possible for the largest segment of the population possible, and they should make the conditions for licensing as costless to enforce as possible.
Attached are the documents submitted that will be discussed at the conference.