Women street traders talk about the FIFA World Cup

26 May 2010

A series of interviews was done in Nelson Mandela Bay by Maria Hedman, intern with StreetNet International. The interviews are part of the World Class Cities for All Campaign (WCCA) organised by Streetnet International. The WCCA campaign is concerned that vendors are not getting a fair deal out of the World Cup. While the government of South Africa and FIFA are saying that the World Cup will benefit everyone, in practice many vendors are finding that they will be excluded from the fan parks and public viewing zones. Streetnet wants to help strengthen the organisations of street vendors and to set up mechanisms so that the municipalities are obliged to consult with street vendors on any plans which will impact on their lives. The interviews aim to get a better understanding of street vendors lives; the networks in which they are involved, organising issues, hopes and expectations about the street vendors association they belong to, perceptions about the FIFA World Cup and attitudes from different actors eg local authorities.

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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