Creating a market for everyone

2019-10-15 06:01
One of the stalls at the Good Shepherd Church market day in Kensington. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

One of the stalls at the Good Shepherd Church market day in Kensington. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The Good Shepherd Church in Kensington uses market days to unite the community and support small businesses in the Kenfac area.

Church members were speaking during their third “successful” market day on Saturday 5 October.

They had hosted more than 10 stalls and saw hundreds of residents walking into each shop and socialising within the church premises.

Brandon Sylvester, the churchwarden, says the market days are a multi-purpose initiative that was started to raise funds to support the underprivileged denominations in Cape Town. He says the demand has made it clear that local businesses need a space to meet and showcase their products.

Also, Sylvester says the market is not limited to church members as they do not discriminate based on religion or congregations. “After all we are one community praying to one God regardless of the church you belong to,” says Brandon.

The church hosted its first market day earlier this year, and the plan was to host it quarterly, but it is now being hosted monthly. Realising the need for support of the local businesses, Sylvester says the church decided to not focus on generating profit from the market day itself, but rather allowing entrepreneurs to pay a minimal fee and keep their profits for themselves.

The church then embarked on a win a car lucky draw – encouraging the public to buy tickets to the event taking place on Saturday 30 November, where a winner will be announced.

Through this, they hope to raise over a million Rand, and Sylvester says the ticket sales are doing well. He says the church gets positive support from the community.

Crystal Willenburg, one of the educational toy vendors, says it was her first experience at the market. She heard about it from a friend. She says it is nice when a church assists the community, bringing people together and supporting each other. Market days are a source of income for her and her sister, Grizelda Adams.

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