12 August 2009
Today (Wed 12 August 2009) was a glorious day in Durban.
But first... we must acknowledge our revolutionary comrades in the EMM Support Group for challenging racist rhetoric and informing the world, in the face of official denials. This has helped sensitise City Hall to the dangers of lapsing into racial rhetoric.
We also salute the market for being a living monument to non-racial solidarity within and outside its historic walls, in what is now a protracted struggle.
Today’s ‘meeting’ at City Hall was an improvement on the ICC farce (though undemocratic habits are hard to break!) Professional translators did a splendid job, and the official speeches were conciliatory and, informative - the kind of speeches (and attitude) one expects from public servants.
However speeches must be measured against intent and deed, and this is where the municipality came short, triggering a mass walk-out.
The Early Morning Market (EMM) community sent a resounding message to the city officials that it would not collaborate in its own destruction; a simple message repeated so often throughout decades of the freedom struggle in this country. The municipality’s selection and use of collaborators from outside the market, to push through the theft of historic market land, was dealt a shattering blow. Honest informal traders and workers of Durban, once again, demonstrated their unshakeable resolve to fight on for the right not to be robbed of their livelihood.
Hasta La Victoria Siempre !
Onwards to final victory !
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StreetNet Newsletter 31 [pdf]
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.
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