Informality and the Law: Narratives of informal workers in Warwick, Durban

Sithulisile Moyo PART 1: #narratives of an informal worker: Treat us with dignity    “They need to stop impounding our goods. Find other ways to harass us. Sondl’ imndeni ngalamatafula”.  It’s in the wee hours of the day at an informal settlement in Kwandengezi, MaNgcobo is busy preparing for the long day ahead working at … Read more

Licenses and Permit Moratorium for Informal Workers

Sithulisile Moyo Licenses and permits that expired between March 2020 and June 2021 will remain valid until 31 December 2022. Disaster Management Act, 2000; Directives Regarding Business Licenses and Trade Permits; Government Notice 615 of 2021 published in Government Gazette no. 44853 on the 15th of July 2021. COVID-19 crisis exposed the disparities and vulnerabilities experienced … Read more

A Tribute to John Makwicana

Claire Singer and Tasmi Quazi Influential street trader John Makwicana passed away from a lingering illness on March 7, 2018, at the age of 71. John was an inspiring figure amongst Durban’s inner-city community of informal workers, where he worked as an informal trader for 21 years. He served as the chairperson of Traders Against … Read more

Conference: Giving Voice to Women Traders in the Informal Economy

Tasmi Quazi On 13 and 14 April 2016, a conference exclusively for women traders – believed to be the first of its kind in Durban – was held with the support of the Foundation for Human Rights and implemented by Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). The conference deliberated on the significance, opportunities … Read more

Vending in Public Spaces & the Law in Durban

Tasmi Quazi In August 2015, WIEGO published a case study on Vending in Public Spaces and the Law written by Phumzile Xulu, which is a review and analysis of the experiences of Asiye eTafuleni’s (AeT) law programme involving legal education and advocacy with informal workers (also referred to as traders). The case study is based … Read more

Reflecting on AeT’s 2014 Activities and Beyond: Series 3 of 4

Tasmi Quazi The first and second in the four series article presented our work in the fields of “design” and “urban intelligence” respectively. The third in the series will reflect on our work in the field of “advocacy”. Within “advocacy”, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) works to include the voices of informal workers in urban decision making … Read more

Landmark legal case defending informal workers’ rights

Richard Dobson & Tasmi Quazi In the course of Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) implementing its project based work, we have been conscious of the hardships that confiscations and other punitive actions by enforcement officials place on informal workers. One such event that emerged was the case of John Makwicana, a legally compliant trader in all aspects … Read more

Street Law Seminars: Series 4

Mkhululi Nonjola & Tasmi Quazi Asiye eTafuleni hosted the 4th Street Law Seminar on 13 September 2011 at SEDA eThekwini, Durban. The theme of the Seminar was on Consumer Protection. There were 28 informal traders in attendance from different sectors and they participated actively with numerous questions. Mr Gugu Ngwenya from the KZN Department of … Read more

Street Law Seminars: Series 3

Mkhululi Nonjola & Tasmi Quazi Asiye eTafuleni hosted the 3rd Street Law Seminar on the 6th of July 2011. The Seminar was hosted in conjunction with the Office of the Public Protector and the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) at the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) eThekwini. The seminar was based on areas … Read more