Informal Traders

The informal economy is necessary to deal with the unemployment crisis

It is more connected to the broader economy than we realise and should be supported

Kigali’s trade-off: Sell and be arrested or starve

At first glimpse, Rwanda’s capital is a model African city: clean, organised, beautiful. But behind the gleaming facade, not all is well

Used clothing industry oils the informal economy

Johannesburg’s hub of second-hand garment traders - run under the leadership of the African Traders Organisation - woos trendy and indigent customers.

Home Affairs is on the up

But the thriving informal economy situated near the department’s Marabastad offices is now feeling the pinch, thanks to its increased efficiency.

Economic tides hurt small traders

Macroeconomic events go right down the line to those struggling to make a living on the streets.

A permanent job is hard to find

Precarious work is becoming the norm as bosses increase their levels of exploitation.

Gender equality is a right, but it’s about economic growth too

In each of the SADC's 15 member countries, millions of women traders are putting SADC's vision into practice.

Municipality impounding informal traders’ goods ‘unlawful’

The eThekwini municipality’s power to impound and confiscate the goods belonging to traders was found to be unconstitutional, invalid and unlawful.

Hawkers’ fruit bruised by legislation

Informal traders were swept off Jo'burg's streets in October and although the city now appears to have embraced them, their future remains uncertain.

Tshwane: ‘There is no widespread harassment of hawkers’

The city's informal traders say they're the victims of arbitrary, violent removal from their stalls, but Tshwane denies its police harassed them.

Shots fired at Tshwane protesters

Security guards have allegedly shot one of the men protesting against the ill treatment of vendors at the hands of the Tshwane Metro police.

Tshwane metro police attack hawkers, confiscate goods

Several informal traders in Pretoria have complained of vicious physical attacks by members of the Tshwane metro police.

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