On 17 August 2017, SERI research fellow, Nthabiseng Nkhatau, made a presentation at the launch of the women's desk of the Tshwane Barekisi Forum, an organisation of informal traders in Tshwane. The presentation, which was based on Informal Trade in Johannesburg: Your Rights (SERI's user-friendly resource guide for informal traders in Johannesburg), provided information on the rights of informal traders and how traders can protect these rights and resist illegal harassment and clamp-downs on their businesses. Over 60 copies of the guide were distributed at the event.
The event was attended by approximately 80 participants, including local government officials, representatives of civil society organisations, repesentatives from the South African Informal Traders Forum (SAITF) and Tshwane Barekisi Form, and informal traders from in and around the Tshwane area.
The women's desk was developed as a platform within the Tshwane Barekisi Forum for women to share ideas and deliberate about the unique challenges they face as informal traders. The women's desk seeks to build a support network among female traders, develop collaborative strategies to grow their businesses, and amplify the voices of female traders.