On March 27th 2020, street vendors and market traders in South Africa were banned from operating under the country’s first COVID-19 lockdown. While restrictions were lifted, traders have struggled to resume work that was precarious long before the lockdown. In this short documentary, Johannesburg worker leaders Lulama Mali and Miriam Sibiya navigate the new reality and seek sustainable solutions for the city’s traders.
Rhiana Chinapen is a documentary filmmaker providing multimedia communications support to the WIEGO team and network from Ottawa, Canada. With experience in scripting, filming and editing, she helps capture and share the stories and expertise of the informal workers’ movement, both amongst workers, and to global audiences. Rhiana holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA in Communication from Carleton University. She studied filmmaking at SAW Video, an artist-run media art centre.