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Title:Women street traders: local government in transition
Author:Skinner, CarolineISNI
Periodical:Indicator South Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local politics
market women
Abstract:In the last few years there have been substantial changes to the policies which affect the lives of women traders in South Africa. The 1995 White Paper on the development and promotion of small business meant a new era for street traders. This article examines in what ways these positive moves have impacted on women working on the streets. It discusses the results of a comparative study, organized in 1998 by the Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO), which focussed on women street traders in central business districts in five South African cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and East London. It examines the cities' approach to street trading, local street trading policies, the institutional location of street trading responsibilities, and resource allocation to street trading. The conclusion is that the potential conditions for street traders in South Africa have improved dramatically in the last decade, but that the actual conditions have improved unevenly in the five cities studied. Bibliogr., sum. (p. 8).