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Title:On the fringe of the economy: migrant street traders in Durban
Authors:Sidzatane, Ndumiso Justice
Maharaj, PranithaISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:market vendors
urban economy
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-012-9181-x
Abstract:The number of migrants working on the streets of cities throughout South Africa has increased tremendously over the past few years. This study draws on qualitative data to understand the experiences of migrant street traders in Durban, South Africa. The qualitative data for the study come from in-depth interviews with local and migrant street traders. Migrant street traders are attracted to Durban because of the economic opportunities that the city offers as well as the lower crime rate than other cities. The findings suggest that migrant street traders make an economic contribution towards the development of the city. Migrants create employment by hiring locals to assist them in their businesses. Some tension exists between local and migrant street traders because of fear of competition. Crime is a concern because it impacts negatively on their businesses. Other challenges experienced by the migrant traders include the harsh treatment by the police and lack of support for informal traders by the municipality. More emphasis should be placed on providing a supportive environment for street trading in Durban. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]