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2015-06-30 06:00
Locals will get to have their say on a new management plan for Greenmarket Square.

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Locals will get to have their say on a new management plan for Greenmarket Square. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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The public may soon have their say on the management of Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

This as a request for the authority to run a public participation process works its way through the City council.

The request appeared before the last Good Hope subcouncil meeting, as the City looks to find a partner to manage the popular tourist spots.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant submitted a motion in 2013 to request the management of the site by a contractor.

He says the market, which dates to the 1600s and is the second oldest in Cape Town, was mismanaged under previous administration, with allegations of corruption.

Bryant says the square is falling short of its full potential. He suggests the City take on the role of the middleman to avoid exploitation of traders.

“The new plan would likely see the contractor being paid directly by the City on a lease basis. Many of the difficulties in the past emanated from issues between trader and contractor regarding payments.”

He adds that traders are not excluded from tendering.

However, traders expressed mixed feelings over a private contract, saying previous management by a private contractor ended in disaster and the entrepreneurs prefer the venue to be run by a body comprised of traders (“Traders’ power struggle”, People’s Post, 3 September 2013).

Greenmarket Square is worth an estimated R13m and can handle about 150 stalls, while St George’s is valued at over R18m and can accommodate just under 50 stalls.

The report to subcouncil referenced a Central City Improvement District study in 2013 which found that “private sector investment in the inner city has soared over the past 15 years; yet public space management has lagged behind”.

“Public spaces currently suffer from disjoined, not optimally coordinated and fragmented approaches to management and operations,” the report says.

Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, says once the recommendation for public participation has been approved by the council, a public participation process will take place, probably in August

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