Trading places for roadside sales

2015-05-05 06:00
Gwisai “Vincent” Matsheza sells grass along Steenberg Road. He and other traders will be affected by a new trading plan for ward 71, which has been opened for public comment. 


Gwisai “Vincent” Matsheza sells grass along Steenberg Road. He and other traders will be affected by a new trading plan for ward 71, which has been opened for public comment. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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Traders in ward 71 will soon have more to look forward to with a new trading plan for Steenberg Road.

The new trading plan, which is open for public participation, covers trading activity along Steenberg Road, Main Road in Bergvliet and Retreat Transport Interchange.

Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, explains the municipality reviews trading plans from time to time.

The Protea subcouncil asked that the existing informal trading plan for ward 71 be reviewed. Bloor explains the three sites are legally proclaimed sites and the City has issued permits to traders.

The City will not tar the trading sites on Steenberg Road and Main Road in Bergvliet to demarcate bays. Bloor explains the department is currently developing informal trading guidelines. “Once these standards have been approved by the council, they will guide any upgrade of the area.”

Bloor also says the traders have been informed of the new plan and are satisfied.

Trader Saul Chezombo, who sells bean bags, says he was not informed of the new plan. He says he has been trading along Steenberg Road for nine years.

“It is very nice. I work hard and make all the bean bags by hand. I sell them here and can send my children to school and pay the rent,” he says.

The plan proposes there be four bays on either side of the road. Each trader would need to have a permit and pay a monthly tariff stipulated by the City of Cape Town.

Chezombo says due to the width of the southern section of Steenberg Road it is popular with traders. He says cars are not allowed to stop on the northern section without obstructing traffic, so traders may be reluctant to trade in bays on this section.

George Witbooi from Pelican Park also trades along the southern section. He sells golf balls and other equipment and says he was advised to apply for a permit to trade here after being fined by law enforcement officers while trading near Pollsmoor Prison without a permit.

“This is a good spot to trade and the plan sounds good but I don’t think anyone would want to cross to that side,” he says.

Bloor says the trading sites on Steenberg Road and in Bergvliet will remain the same as there has been no request.

“They have been included in the informal trading plan as they are part of ward 71.”


The deadline to comment on the trading plan is Sunday 10 May. For more information or to submit a comment email

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