The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) invite you to the launch of:

Informal Trade in South Africa: Legislation, Case Law and Recommendations for Local Government

and

Towards Recommendations on the Regulation of Informal Trade at Local Government Level

How can cities support and nurture informal trade?
What does the law say about local government’s duties towards informal traders?

SERI SALGA Launch imageIn 2017, over 2.6 million South Africans reported working in the informal sector. Of these people, approximately 1.1 million or 41% are in informal trade. Informal trade therefore makes up a significant component of the economy and has an important role to play in addressing some of South Africa’s most pervasive development challenges, including high levels of unemployment and poverty. It is for this reason that national government has acknowledged that informal trade is given room to develop and flourish. However, informal traders are still hindered by restrictive informal trade regulations and ongoing harassment from law enforcement officials. This is why SERI, in collaboration with SALGA, have developed these two research publications.

With knowledge of the law, local government can alter their approach to informal trade by supporting and nurturing this essential sector informal trading sector while also boosting economic growth.

The launch will include a panel discussion between researchers, activists, lawyers and specialists in economic development.

Who:     Caroline Skinner (senior researcher at the African Centre for Cities (ACC)), Nomzamo Zondo (SERI director of litigation), Brain Phaaloh (General Secretary of the South African Informal Traders Forum (SAITF)), Charles Parkerson (SALGA director of economic development) and Michael Clark (SERI senior research associate).

When:   6 July 2018, 9h30 to 11h30.

Where:  SERI, 6th Floor, Aspern House, 54 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

RSVP:   Tiffany Ebrahim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 011 356 5887 by Thursday 5 July 2018.

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