More trade for gardens

2018-04-24 06:01

An informal trading plan for the Company’s Gardens, which is currently under consideration, could add more trading opportunities to the popular tourist attraction.

The trading inside the Company’s Gardens will not form part of the overall informal trading plan, which is currently undergoing a review, explains ward councillor and head of the Company’s Gardens steering committee, Dave Bryant.

A trading plan specifically for the gardens will instead look to increase the number of trading bays to 15 and allow better control over the types of goods sold, with a view to ensuring these are appropriate to the facility and in line with international practices, Bryant says.

“The Company’s Gardens steering committee, in cooperation with the Company’s Gardens manager, will be empowered to manage the traders at these new bays.

“This will serve to further enhance the trading environment by providing new trading opportunities as well as assisting the current traders to become compliant. The Company’s Gardens steering committee will also have a say as to the types of trade in the gardens to ensure that they take into account the unique surroundings and complement the overall environment.

“[The 15 bays] have already been identified by the steering committee and representatives from the City of Cape Town,” he says.

Mayco member (North) Suzette Little explains that an informal trading plan is a mechanism that ensures that informal trading activities are better regulated; that the interests of the various stakeholders in the area including businesses, residents and consumers are taken into consideration, and that the proposed trading area is economically viable.

“It’s also about an opportunity to create more trading bays in a better managed environment,” she says.

“The City will ensure that the product mix of trading goods and services complements the environment and responds to the needs of visitors and pedestrians. Visitors will benefit from services and goods that respond to their needs due to a carefully selected product mix.”

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