Forest market felled

2016-03-29 06:00
Tokai Forest market will have its last trading day this Saturday as its lease to use the property is not being renewed.

Tokai Forest market will have its last trading day this Saturday as its lease to use the property is not being renewed.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tokai Forest market, which has been leasing land from the Chrysalis Academy, will end on Saturday.

Its lease will not be renewed at the end of the month as the academy has other plans for its ground.

In a bid to save the market, market-goers and traders are singing a petition to keep the market going on the property.

Chrysalis Academy provides youth development programmes to township teenagers.

The market’s Michelle Hoedemaker says it has served many people in the past seven years, but she doesn’t know how she can save it. “We have been told to find another place to trade. This is such a difficult time for us. This was a beautiful space for us. The atmosphere, the relaxing environment, it was such a lovely place. We have tried to make all the necessary communication to stay there but they won’t listen. I’m very disappointed because I have tried to knock on every door to ask for help so that we save the market but nothing has come forth. Being so helpless makes me so frustrated and drained.”

The market had about 80 members but this number has diminished to 35 as the traders pulled out so that they could find alternative markets to save their livelihoods.

“I’m pleading for help from anyone who can help me save the market. Not just for me but for all the people who depend on it,” says Hoedemaker.

Neil Roman of Chrysalis Academy says: “The lease will not be renewed due to the changing needs of Chrysalis Academy and its students. The request to still have the market on Saturday 2 April has been granted. Thereafter, the market owner has been given two weeks to remove all her belongings.

“Since we are developing vulnerable youth, the programme has to evolve to meet the needs of our students and communities. It became apparent that our core focus and values are being compromised; according to the tenant there is a need to bring in alcohol, smoking, paintball shooting amaongst other things to make the market work for them. The Porter property was bequeathed for youth development in the Western Cape.”

Chrysalis Academy says due to the high unemployment rate amongst youth, the academy is in the process of developing plans to use the space for additional skills development.

“We didn’t have a problem with the market, except problems the market organisers themselves had with burglaries or thefts. However, as per the lease agreement, tenants have to take responsibility for their own security measures. The current tenant had the contract with us for only 17 months,” he says.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.