Headway made for Gatesville traders

2015-11-17 09:56
Gatesville informal and formal traders will be working closely with the City of Cape Town as they find a way forward for economic development in the business hub.

Gatesville informal and formal traders will be working closely with the City of Cape Town as they find a way forward for economic development in the business hub. (Chevon Booysen)

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Headway has been made regarding the way forward for Gatesville traders after a meeting was held on Thursday morning.
The meeting for formal and informal traders was called by ward 48 councillor Magedien Davids to talk about economic development and to engage with traders on their concerns for the Gatesville shopping hub.
People’s Post has previously reported on a motion handed to subcouncil by Davids that claimed a few structures built in the roadway were causes for “concern and conflict” (“Structures cause for concern”, 30 June).
Subcouncil chairperson Edgar Carollisen stressed during the meeting that there was a misconception that the “livelihood of traders would be taken away from them”.
“This is however not true. We will just be moving forward in the best way and reach firm decisions on what it is that will be done for economic development in the Gatesville CBD,” said Carollisen.
Business owner Rafiek Tape spoke on behalf of formal traders and raised concerns about drain covers not being replaced in the Gatesville shopping square, as well as maintenance.
“General maintenance in the area is not being done, even though our traders pay their rates and taxes. We have paving in front of our stores that are caving in and our customers are falling and tripping. Drain covers are also not being fixed and replaced after being vandalised. What will be done in this regard?” Tape asked.
Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, said the concerns raised by traders were valid and “these are short-term maintenance issues”.
Bloor added that these issues would be seen to by the responsible City departments and a meeting would be held with Tape during the week to further address his concerns.
Another issue that came up during the meeting was the lack of ablution facilities at the Gatesville square.
“The only available facility is at the post office. This is a strange dinosaur, which was a historical inheritance. The facility is not close to where there is a big concentration of traders and only serves until 15:00. Businesses trade later than that,” Carollisen said.
Shahied Adams, who represented sports and recreation, responded, saying that the department had met as a focus group to discuss the issue.
“We currently have a tender out dealing with this issue where we will negotiate to extend the operating times of the toilet,” Adams said.
More issues included that of traffic regulation along Klipfontein Road as well as permit checks of formal and informal traders in the square.
Bloor also confirmed that the informal trading industry would receive a boost in resources in the next financial year of R3m.
Bloor committed to having another meeting with traders on Tuesday 1 December to monitor progress on undertakings by the various City departments.

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