Urban "reform' in South Africa: policy and practice towards hawkers

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The objective is to investigate one aspect of the contemporary "reform' initiatives in South Africa, namely, the question of policy towards hawkers. Traditionally, South African Urban authorities have adopted a negative stance regarding the operations of black hawkers within areas of so-called "white' urban space. Changing attitudes towards the role of hawkers in the urban economy have accompanied the reform program. The study discloses geographical variations in hawker policy regimes throughout urban South Africa. Moreover, it reveals a gulf between the rhetoric of reform at the level of the central state and the limited extent of concrete reform programmes at the level of the local state. -Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican Urban Quarterly
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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