Trading places roadside

2015-04-30 14:46
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 has been ­advertised for public participation covers trading activity along Steenberg Road, Main Road in Bergvliet and Retreat Transport Interchange.

Garreth Bloor, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, explains the municipality reviews trading plans from time to time depending on the increased trading ­activity in a particular area.

Following a request by ward councillor Penny East, the Protea Subcouncil requested the existing proclamation regarding informal trading for ward 71 be reviewed.

“Ward 71 was declared a prohibited and ­restricted area for informal trading by the then South Peninsula municipality in October 1999,” he says.

Bloor explains the three sites are legally proclaimed sites and the City has issued permits to traders.

Asked whether the City would tar the trading sites on Steenberg Road and Main Road in Bergvliet to demarcate bays, Bloor says the status quo will remain.

He explains the department is currently developing informal trading infrastructural norms and standards. “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 very happy with the proposal.

Trader Saul Chezombo, who sells bean bags, says he was not informed of the new plan. He explains he has been trading along Steenberg Road for nine years and is able to make a good living for his family.

“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 explains.

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

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

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 existing informal trading proclamation identifies four sites at the Retreat Transport Interchange and a market area adjacent to the City’s park-and-ride facility.

“The proposed new informal trading plan increases the number of informal trading sites at the interchange from four to 17.

“The market area has been clearly designed and will consist of 11 individual informal trading opportunities. It is only at the Retreat Public Transport Interchange that the number of trading sites will be increased.”

Bloor further explains the number of trading sites on Steenberg Road and in Bergvliet will remain the same as there has been no request nor need to increase the trading opportunities.

“They have been included in the informal trading plan as they are part of ward 71; and part of the original proclamation.”V

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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