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Informal Immigrant Traders in Johannesburg: The Scorned Cornerstone in the Southern African Development Community Integration Project

  • Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
  • Inocent Moyo
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Abstract

Taking the case of informal cross-border traders from Southern Africa in Johannesburg, human mobility is discussed as one of four productive factors that are key to regional integration. Employing three levels of analysis—regional, national and local—discussion is confined to economically active persons. Key Southern African Development Community (SADC) instruments relating to human mobility are also discussed. Existing and corresponding national and local legislation, by-laws, policies and practices are investigated to highlight the extent to which SADC members implement regional instruments. Using in-depth interviews with informal cross-border traders in Johannesburg from SADC countries, the findings show the absence of supportive legal-institutional regulatory regimes to promote the activities of immigrant traders. This demonstrates that an important element in the SADC integration project is unwelcome or ignored.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
    • 1
  • Inocent Moyo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Sciences, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Geography & Environmental ScienceUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

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