NEWSLETTER ISSUE #2/2016       

The informal economy - time for a different policy response
 
Prof Derick Blaauw of the TRADE research entity, together with Dr Anmar Pretorius (TRADE/NWU), Dr Rinie Schenck (University of the Western Cape) and Dr Kotie Viljoen (University of Johannesburg) have spent many years researching the informal economy in South Africa – in particular, the role of day labourers and waste pickers in society.
 
Using intelligence gathered from practical fieldwork conducted in all nine provinces, Prof Blaauw and his team have written extensively about the plight of day labourers and waste pickers, who are among the most marginalised of South Africa’s communities but have the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the economy - given the right policy response from government.
 
Prof Blaauw and his team are currently working with Prof Nik Theodore, an esteemed academic from the University of Illinois in the USA, on a study examining food security and related socio-economic conditions of waste pickers on South Africa’s landfill sites.
 
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