Stalling at market

2015-06-16 06:00
Kids enjoy themselves at one of the stalla at the first Yew Street Market in Salt River

Kids enjoy themselves at one of the stalla at the first Yew Street Market in Salt River

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Yew Street was abuzz when a new market day took place in Salt River at the end of last month.

After that first market, residents and small business owners where looking forward to the next market day, which was supposed to happen every Saturday. But it didn’t, because the organiser of the market, Kim van Lingen, couldn’t get a permit.

Van Lingen says she was gutted after the City of Cape Town told her it could not issue a permit to have her street market again.

So the market was abruptly stopped. Van Lingen alleges that when she initially applied for the permit she was allowed to host the market every Saturday with that same permit. To her surprise, she was told after a site meeting later that she wouldn’t receive a permit despite providing all that was required for it.

Van Lingen says that the reason supplied was that the market caused road closures.

She is still waiting for the letter that the City promised her detailing why the permit couldn’t be issued.

“I’m still waiting to hear their reasons. I know there are some business people who put forward false claims, but the City couldn’t find anything substantial. But that didn’t stop them from not issuing the permit. I’m gutted; I just don’t know what to say. It’s a huge inconvenience,” she says.

“It also boosts the economy so it was such a setback not to have the permit like they promised.”

“I’m seeking legal advice. I followed all the necessary procedures and I applied for everything but the problem is the permit office keeps changing the rules all the time when it comes to my application. I was told that the permit I got would allow me to host a market every Saturday, but they cancelled. They told me I have to apply every Saturday. Now they say to have my permit reinstated I need to have signatures of people who support the market. That doesn’t work; I want the permit reinstated because this is not just my bread on the table but all the people who come and have stalls so that they can support their families,” she says.

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