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Title:Foreign street traders working in inner city Durban: local government policy challenges
Authors:Hunter, Nina
Skinner, CarolineISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:14
Issue:4
Pages:301-319
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:migrant workers
informal sector
immigration policy
local government
market vendors
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-003-0016-7
Abstract:Since the mid 1990s there has been an increasing number of foreigners, particularly from other African countries, working on the streets of many South African cities and small towns. This paper starts out by placing the issue of foreigners working in the South African formal economy in a global and regional context. The main body of the paper reports on a survey conducted in 2001 with over 170 foreign street traders working in Durban's inner city. The survey concentrated on the economic activities of this group and their experience of living in Durban. Attention is paid to the question of who these foreign traders are and where they are from; their educational levels and work experience; work activities; their economic contribution; obstacles to their trading activities; and their future intentions. The paper shows that national government provides little guidance to local government about how to respond to the growing numbers of foreigners trying to make a living in South Africa. It is, however, at a local level that government has to make some difficult decisions. In the final section of the paper, possible coherent, proactive policy responses at a local level are explored. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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