Waste pickers in the informal economy are providing critical and essential services towards mitigating climate change through recycling plastics and trash cans. The informal waste pickers play an important role in waste management that cannot easily be taken up by the formal waste management system. Nkosilati Khumalo a ZCIEA Member from Kwekwe is an informal waste picker who started his carrier in 2008 in South Africa where he used to collect high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastics, and cardboard boxes for recycling.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) applauds the Municipality of Gwanda’s effort in approving the site for Informal workers and traders to collectively construct a food market. This outcome is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between ZCIEA and the Municipality of Gwanda which aims at improving the working conditions of informal workers and traders in Gwanda. The approval of the site came as a relief to informal traders who lost their previous trading spaces and posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZCIEA Press Release on further Level 4 Lockdown Extension By the Government of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) is pleading with the government to urgently give cushioning support to the informal workers and traders as well as other vulnerable groups during this lockdown.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), is deeply concerned with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and devastated by the loss of lives (including informal economy workers and traders) in the world due to this global pandemic.
ZCIEA maintains one of its key Constitutional obligation on promoting membership owned democratic processes through the National Women’s, Youth, and People with Disabilities Congresses held on the 10th to 11th of December 2020.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations intensifies its Campaign against Gender-based violence and harassment through a partnership with Gwanda Municipality 16 Days of Activism Gwanda District launch on the 1st of December 2020.
105 vendors arrested in Rusape for vending Informal economy workers and traders are still being criminalized in Zimbabwe and this led to high incidents of brutal evictions of vendors from their workplaces, arrests, and confiscation of goods by Zimbabwe Republic Police and Municipal Police.