Market back to stadium

2016-03-15 06:00

The old Green Point market will be “reactivated” next to Cape Town Stadium as the City of Cape Town is preparing to engage with traders.

This follows a visit to the stadium by City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee members to get “a physical orientation of the spatial areas around the stadium, in light of the recent granting of amendments to the zoning and environmental conditions of the precinct”, says Garreth Bloor, Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development.

The market was moved to accommodate the reconfiguration of the Green Point precinct and the building of the Cape Town Stadium before the Soccer World Cup.

“The market was always intended to be part of the Cape Town Stadium precinct. The City remains committed to bringing informal trading back into the precinct. There will be proactive and interactive engagement between the historical traders and the City which will inform the reactivation of the market,” he says.

The traders have been operating from the parking lot in front of the bowling greens on Helen Suzman Boulevard since 2010 in what they understood to be a temporary move, Rasheeda Petersen, chairperson of the Green Point Flea Market Traders’ Association, previously told People’s Post.

In 2013, toilets at the bowling club, which were used by traders, were closed to prevent homeless people from using them as a shelter (“Traders’ sorry site”, People’s Post, 30 July 2013). This came after numerous cases of harassment at the neighbouring bridge club.

The traders were hopeful they would be moved back to the stadium precinct after the closure of the toilets.

Grant Pascoe, acting Mayco member for economic, environmental and spatial planning, previously told People’s Post the wait had been due to the City taking extensive measures to find the best uses for the common.

At that stage, “necessary internal mandating and approvals” were being obtained and would be followed by the process to establish a market at the Cape Town Stadium.

Bloor now says: “With the departure of the previous stadium operating company and the process of applying for amendments to the zoning and environmental conditions of the stadium site, the management of the entire precinct and activities thereon requires the development of practical solutions that will work for all stakeholders. This process is currently under way.”

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