More stalls on streets

2015-05-12 06:00
A trading plan for informal vendors in the CBD will see 169 new jobs created, if approved.

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A trading plan for informal vendors in the CBD will see 169 new jobs created, if approved. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Almost 170 more traders will ply their wares on the CBD’s streets as a new trading plan for the city centre is given the nod.

The informal trading plan was recently approved by the Good Hope subcouncil.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant says the new trading plan will move trading away from highly congested streets, such as on Adderley Street where pedestrians and traders battle for space on the sidewalk. The plan will create trading spaces in new areas across the CBD.

Geographic changes in the city have prompted a closer look at informal trading, Bryant previously told People’s Post (“Informal traders to give input”, 26 June 2014).

“Street traders’ spaces were last officially allocated in 1997. The city today is a very different place. Traffic has moved away from Adderley and Darling streets and there are more pedestrians,” he says.

The new trading plan aims to take new trading opportunities into account.

The City of Cape Town manages informal trading within its area. It may also declare an informal trading plan for any area and restrict areas for informal trading.

The new plan also suggests solutions for challenges traders face, such as storing their goods, Bryant says.

Other challenges faced by vendors include sites which are exposed to the elements, crime and high rent (“Trading places”, People’s Post, 16 August 2013).

City traders have called for the plan to also look at increasing the space provided for trading and providing weatherproofing and security for traders.

The new plan will be presented to the mayoral committee and full council. It should be finalised before September

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