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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Other Groups
Region(s): South Africa ; Sub-Saharan Africa
Durban South Africa AeT selected as 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree Curry Stone Design Prize . (2 June 2017)

Asiye Etafuleni (AeT) has been recognized as a 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree by the Curry Stone Design Prize in the category "Can design reclaim public space?" for their work on the urban inclusion of informal workers.

South Africa Treasury DG puts union on the spot over T-shirt. News 24 . (22 February 2017)
By Evans, Jenni.

"This T-shirt is not made in South Africa," Fuzile said when he was asked to abandon his blue suit jacket and shirt in favour of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union's red T-shirt.

South África Industrious migrants are an opportunity for South Africa Weekend Argus . (10 January 2016)

Mean Streets book coverMean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa, edited by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, power¬fully demonstrates that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa’s “mean streets”. This book draws attention to what they bring to their adopted country through research into previously unexamined areas of migrant entrepreneurship. Ranging from studies of how migrants have created agglomeration economies in Jeppe and Ivory Park in Johannesburg, to guanxi networks of Chinese entrepreneurs, to competition and cooperation among Somali shop owners, to cross-border informal traders, to the informal transport operators between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the chapters in this book reveal the positive economic contributions of migrants. These include generating employment, paying rents, providing cheaper goods to poor consumers, and supporting formal sector wholesalers and retailers. As well, Mean Streets highlights the xenophobic responses to migrant and refugee entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in running a successful business on the streets.  For further details see African Books Collective.

South África SCA upholds appeal in Somali Association of South Africa and five others Lawyers for Human Rights . (29 September 2014)

In a great victory, the SCA has upheld LHR’s appeal against the dismissal of the case that challenged the unlawful closure of refugee and asylum seeker traders’ informal businesses by police in Limpopo. LHR has been representing the Somali Association of South Africa and Ethiopian Community of South Africa. In its judgment, the SCA made it clear that the attitude of police and Home Affairs was unacceptable and contrary to constitutional values.

South África Main challenges of organising vulnerable workers Business Report . (28 March 2014)
By Horn, Pat.

Workers are vulnerable to dismissal, to bad health and safety conditions, and to pay that does not meet their needs.

Ethiopia India South África Sewa Hosts 25 African Visitors To Promote Solidarity & Skills Daily News & Analysis . (25 March 2014)

In a bid to know about the work done by Self-Employed Women’s Association (Sewa) and exchange ideas, nearly 25 civil society representatives from co-operatives, unions and NGOs of Ethiopia and South Africa have come to Ahmedabad.

Ghana Nigeria South África African Labour Unions Collaborate To Tackle Poverty Leadership . (14 November 2013)
By Oche, Micheal.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the fight against poverty by African governments must go beyond the usual rhetorics to embrace more pragmatic measures of wealth creation amongst the working class.

A COSATU delegation led by the 1st Deputy President, Cde Tyotyo James comprised of about 10 comrades has departed for Abuja, Nigeria to attend the Biennial Trilateral Conference between the 3 sister federations of Nigeria, the NLC, Ghana, the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions).

South África Reflections: Durban’s Informal Economy Municipal Institute of Learning . (18 February 2013)



Over 60 senior officials from eThekwini Municipality attended MILE’s 11th Management Seminar hosted in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) at the Durban City Hall on 14 February 2013.


WIEGO and SEWA members were among the participants.

South África Rural People Urged to Know Their Rights Sowetan Live . (22 March 2012)
By Tshehle, Boitumelo.

Some people in rural areas still know little about their rights, says North West Premier Thandi Modise.