Traders ‘happy’ with upgrade

2016-03-22 06:00

Informal traders based at the Town Centre are happy with upgrades, reports the City of Cape Town after a recent visit by Garreth Bloor, Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development.

Bloor visited the Town Centre on Thursday 10 March to talk to informal traders and to evaluate the work done by the City’s economic development department.

The City has invested R180m to upgrade the centre. Its latest trading plan consists of 1107 trading sites, six markets, 52 kiosks at the public transport interchange and a fish market.

The upgrade includes new road infrastructure, public buildings, CCTV cameras, a pedestrian bridge, taxi rank facilities, a new bus terminus, three public transport interchanges, informal market facilities and informal trading infrastructure, as well as public space improvements and landscaping.

The final phase of the link road between the Promenade and Town Centre is under way.

In addition, R35m has been spent on an upgrade to the greater area of the Mitchell’s Plain CBD.

Trader canopies have been provided, the main market roof has been replaced and all the brick paving throughout the Town Centre has been replaced.

The majority of the traders have expressed their happiness and appreciation for the facilities provided.

Each day 70 000 commuters make use of public transport in and around the Town Centre and there are over 1000 informal trading bays – the largest number of trading bays in one concentrated space in the city.

“The City, the traders and trader associations continue to nurture the good working relationship that was forged. This unity was most evident through the community engagement and design process where agreement was reached between five trader associations and the City. This was a huge step in the right direction after years of conflict between associations and with the City,” says Bloor.

One of the successes he mentions is the formation of the Mitchell’s Plain United Hawkers Forum (MPUHF) which represents about 1000 traders, and the establishment of a steering committee chaired jointly by the formal and informal business sectors. The MPUHF negotiated with the City to develop the informal trading plan.

“A number of traders have requested storage space for their fruit and vegetables as they do not have the means to transport their goods on a daily basis. The economic development department is therefore working with the trader associations to find a workable solution to this challenge. We have acknowledged the need for an informal trader storage facility and space has been identified,” says Bloor.V Share your thoughts with us. Email letters@­

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