Drop in informal trading bays

2016-04-19 06:00

After four years of waiting, an informal trading plan has been approved for Sea Point.

In 2012, the Sea Point CID requested the process of establishing a trading plan for Main and Regent roads to be initiated and that it deals with the implementation of uniform and aesthetically appealing trading stands, the restriction of trading times and guidelines for the type of goods or services to be sold, CID chairperson Heather Tager previously told People’s Post (Sigh of relief from vendors, 15 May 2014)

The amended Sea Point Informal Trading Plan sees a reduction in the number of informal trading bays from 29 to 25, says Garreth Bloor, Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development.

“The reason for the reduction is that a few of the current existing informal trading bays were not in use due to a lack of economic viability. Over the years the pedestrian movement patterns have changed, which had an impact on the economic viability of these trading bays,” he says.

Some bays were relocated to areas where the pavement space could better accommodate trading bays, Bloor says.

“The construction of the MyCiTi bus station along Main Road had an impact on the location of some of the trading bays. At Adelphi Centre, the trading bays were reduced from three to two as provision was made for the traders to relocate into the area where the sidewalk was widened specifically for informal trading to better accommodate their businesses. New spaces were proposed on the sidewalk alongside Mr Price as the pavement is wider to accommodate the traders.”

The amended Sea Point informal trading plan forms part of the larger Subcouncil 16 informal trading plan. The number of informal trading opportunities across the subcouncil has increased from 430 to 551 (“More stall space for traders”, People’s Post, 22 March).

As stipulated in the Informal Trading Plan, day traders will be able to trade between 06:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Sunday and night traders will be able to trade between 18:00 and 06:00 from Monday to Sunday.

“Informal trading plays a vital role in creating much-needed employment and economic opportunities. This sector is a crucial part of our economy and the City’s Department of Economic Development must therefore invest in this sector so that it benefits both informal traders and the public. Not only does this sector provide the unemployed with opportunities to generate an income, but it also affords residents an alternative to established and traditional retail options,” Bloor says.

Once an informal trading plan is approved by council and implemented, the City monitors the demarcated sites to ensure that traders comply with the City’s by-laws and within their permit conditions.

According to the City’s Economic Performance Indicators for Cape Town (Epic) report, 161 000 individuals (11,3% of the total workforce in Cape Town) are employed in the informal sector. It is estimated that without informal sector income, the poverty rate in the city would be 25,1%

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