Boosting businesses

2015-05-05 06:00

Cape Point traders will soon have more to look forward to.

This follows a project to upgrade the trading space at the entrance to Cape Point to address some of the challenges faced in the area.

Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock explains the upgrade has been on the cards for several years and is aimed at addressing drainage challenges on the site.

He says roadworks include the hard padding of the piece of land located in the road reserve.

“It will not be tarred but they are using a brown gravel which will be compacted and level to improve the area where the containers are,” he says.

The upgrade will also include the installation of 20 new containers. Liell-Cock says there are currently 30 traders and the project still needs an additional 10 containers.

Roadworks will include what Liell-Cock terms as “soft drainage” behind the containers to ensure the area behind the containers do not flood during winter rains. “The area gets very wet in winter and I am confident this upgrade will a go a long way to improve the trading space for both traders and visitors.”

He says while having a trading space in a road reserve was not ideal, the City of Cape Town acknowledge the need to assist informal traders.

“We need to find a way to help them improve their businesses and drive economic development.

Many of them rely on these stalls and in many cases this is their only source of income. We also need to help them develop so they can move into formal business trading spaces,” he concludes

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