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Title:A conceptual framework for the formulation of an informal trader policy for South African towns and cities
Author:Dewar, DavidISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
urban economy
informal sector
government policy
market vendors
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-005-0013-0
Abstract:The issue of informal trading can be a problematic one if not thought through. Conversely, a proactive informal trader policy can be an important urban management mechanism in transitionary economies. This paper develops a conceptual framework around which such a policy can be fleshed out in the context of urban areas in South Africa. First, the paper argues that, at the heart of equitable policy, lies the issue of balancing rights and obligations of informal traders. Next, it identifies a range of policy mechanisms that fall into two broad types: regulatory measures (general registration and regulatory measures; regulations relating to locationally-specific forms of trading, viz. residentially-based trading; economic centre-based trading; and tourist or recreationally-based trading) and stimulatory measures (the creation of markets; food centres; trading-related education; micro lending). Finally, the paper examines a number of institutional issues which require resolution in the implementation of any informal trader policy. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]