Traders talk on parade plan

2018-11-27 06:01
James Vos, ward councillor Dave Bryant and City officials met with Abdullah Hendricks, chairperson of the Grand Parade Kiosk Trader Forum, and his family to discuss the proposed upgrades.

James Vos, ward councillor Dave Bryant and City officials met with Abdullah Hendricks, chairperson of the Grand Parade Kiosk Trader Forum, and his family to discuss the proposed upgrades.

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A recent site visit was carried out at the Grand Parade to discuss a planned upgrade with local traders.

The upgrade is expected to improve conditions for traders (“Grand designs for parade”, People’s Post, 23 August) by upgrading the trading kiosks to fit in with the new revamped overall aesthetics of the precinct.

Former Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond, previously told People’s Post that in recent years, various factors have led to the site becoming unsafe with an “increase in criminal activity and antisocial behaviour”. He explained that one of the biggest challenges at the site is the structural and functional deterioration of the trader kiosks on the north-western portion of the site. These kiosks were built in the 1980s.The upgrade proposes to demolish the row of small kiosks, and to refurbish those closest to Plein Street in compliance with South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) regulations. The rear of the existing kiosk service yards will be converted into small kiosk spaces to accommodate the existing traders in the row to be
demolished.

According to a statement released by the City of Cape Town following the site visit on Friday 16 November, the “more than R5m upgrade being undertaken will ensure this iconic public space becomes a hive of activity for locals and visitors”.

The realignment of the trading spaces will feature new trading opportunities that will provide a greater variety of offerings to shoppers, newly elected Mayco member for assets and facilities management, James Vos, says in the statement.

“The Grand Parade is one of the City’s most iconic heritage sites and its upgrade, together with the major upgrade of the City Hall, will increase the precinct’s attraction as an events venue and tourist attraction.”

At the site visit, Vos reiterated his commitment to improving and enhancing the economic opportunities during his discussions with the trader representatives. As part of the project, the existing ablution facilities will be revamped. The upgrade will also see internal alterations made to the first floor of one of the kiosks to accommodate Law Enforcement, to improve policing and security on the parade.

Vos adds: “Our commitment is to create a safe space for residents and visitors to this iconic public venue. We want locals and visitors to stop over at the Grand Parade more often, and not just once a year for the festive lights event. Being located close to the various modes of public transport makes the venue accessible to residents from across the city.

“I am confident that the proposed upgrade of the Grande Parade, together with the recent revamp of the City Hall, will continue to position this iconic precinct as an ideal events venue, a tourist attraction and of course economic opportunities area for some of our most vulnerable residents. The recent installation of the Madiba statue, on the balcony of the City Hall, will in itself attract locals and visitors to the city. Therefore, it is vital that the upgrade of the Grand Parade goes full steam ahead to remain a premier
attraction.”

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