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.

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Namibia: Informal Traders are Invaluable for the Economy

NAMIBIA is a dual-economy country with formal and informal sectors. The formal sector is characterised by large capital outlay, formal structure, and documentation of the business entities. It is included in the economic statistics of the nation. The informal sector entities, on the other hand, are small, mostly one person, and without formal structures and documentation. They are hardly in the national statistics and, hence, their role is not recognised.

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Traders ask to be involved in decision making

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendor and Informal Traders has called on the Central and County Governments to involve informal traders in investment decisions. The traders said that involvement of small traders will help them understand projects better. They were speaking during a training of hawkers that brought representatives from counties countrywide held at a Nakuru hotel where they were trained on the importance of authority in the County Governments.

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South Africa - Cape Town zoning schemes and By-laws challenged in the Informal Sector

A Coalition of organisations has been formed to challenge the City of Cape Town, on its recently promulgated By-Laws that seeks to unify the fragmented multiple zoning schemes under one single zoning scheme. The coalition consists of the following organisations: Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition, the Somali Association of South Africa, COSATU Western Cape, PASSOP, the National Consumer Forum, the South African Council of Churches, the Scalibrini Foundation and the Legal Resources Centre.

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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'.

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USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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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