Willow Dam now home to Sunday’s Uitenhage market

2015-04-30 06:00

“Let’s give Willow Dam back to the people and to the children that want to walk and play there in a safe environment.”

Women in Business with Lilly de Jong as director, made a breakthrough after months of meetings and presentations with the municipality to receive finally the go-ahead to host Sunday’s Uitenhage Market at this popular outdoor venue.

“Through circumstances beyond our control the Uitenhage Market had to move several times,” said De Jong.

“Nevertheless wherever we have held the market we were determinated to uplift the area to the best of our abilities. In this we have succeeded time after time and the market has grown from strength to strength.

“We will now be moving from the Uitenhage central sports grounds to Willow Dam. It is not only more central, but also has more shade and a nicer ambience. We are looking forward to uplift this area,” said De Jong.

The Uitenhage Market is an initiative from Women In Business and was established during 2013 with the aim to offer small and home based businesses a platform to sell their goods without having the costs of high overheads like rent, staff, stock and electricity.

“With our cheapest stall fee being R25 the market quickly became a popular platform amongst small businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to earn an extra income to survive in these tough economic times.

“With the countless success stories this initiative has to stay alive.”

De Jong said that they were fully aware of the challenges that lay ahead, for instance the people visiting the area to use alcohol in the public park and then throwing the bottles from their vehicles.

“We have a team of Community Policing Forum and security people who will make sure that this will not be allowed on market days,” said De Jong.

)For more information on how to become a stallholder, or artists who wish to perform at the market contact Lilly on 076 345 9935 or wibsouthafrica@gmail.com

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