Market back on again

2015-06-30 06:00
Graham Buton shows off the wares he sells at the Yew Street Market.


Graham Buton shows off the wares he sells at the Yew Street Market. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Yew Street in Salt River came back to life as the Yew Street market was back on the street on Saturday after its permit was re-issued.

The market had its permit withdrawn by the City of Cape Town as the organisers were preparing for the second market, leaving traders stranded. The City said at the time that the permit was withdrawn because of objections received from residents and businesses in the area after the first market was held. There were issues such as the market causing an obstruction, access concerns, road closures and the lack of consultation prior to the market being held, as reported previously in People’s Post (“Stalling at market”, 16 June).

Thereafter the event organiser had to get signatures of residents that were in support of the market. Market organiser Kim van Lingen says she did all that and filed all the necessary paperwork as she believed the market was a worthy cause.

This then led to the market’s permit being re-issued. Van Lingen says the permit will be issued on a weekly basis to allow the City to deal with any complaints that may arise.

Despite that Van Lingen says no words can describe how she feels that people are back on the street again selling to put food on the table for their families.

“I’m so happy. When I look at all these people my heart just bubbles with joy and I’m very thankful to the people that really helped to make sure that we are back on. It wasn’t easy but I’m glad we are here. We will make it work because I believe this is bread and butter for the people in our area,” she says.

Part of the agreement to have the market running was to keep Main and Hopkins roads open. Van Lingen believes that more space would have been better but they had to compromise.

“Traders don’t have a place to sell their goods. This has become a source of hope for a lot of people. That’s why I had to fight so that we can get the permit re-issued so that all these people have a place to trade. Having the permit be issued on a weekly basis is making me nervous because anything can happen. However, I’m glad all seems to be in order,” she says.

There were about 50 stalls that filled up the streets with different items on Saturday.

One of the traders, Graham Buton, says he believes in the market.

“It can only get better. It possesses so much potential. It has a good vibe and it’s important that people make money. They put in all the hard work and they can have means to put food on the table and this is it,” says Buton

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