Grand Parade traders squeezed by City ahead of cycle tour

2018-03-07 10:07

Cape Town - Traders on the Grand Parade in Cape Town are up in arms. They have been squeezed behind a fence erected in preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour from March 8 to 11, according to a recent GroundUp report.

Since last week traders could not get to their usual stands; some could not secure any place in the cramped area.

"This is upsetting, really, because we pay for the stands even when we are not at our usual places. Our customers struggle locating us. In the end they leave and we lose money," said a woman who together with her husband has been trading on the Grand Parade for 13 years.

cape town
Traders on the Grand Parade in Cape Town have been squeezed behind a fence erected in preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. (Bernard Chiguvare, GroundUp)

She sells school bags, suitcases and travelling bags.

"When I am not at my usual place I do not make any meaningful sales. On a good day, I make up to R2 000 a day … Now … I do not make any sales. How does the City expect us to put food on the table?" she asked.

Natasha Naickel, who is 71 and says she has spent 40 years selling fruits and underwear, said: "We have complained to the City several times to no avail.

"The City should find alternative places for such events. Why don’t they go to Green Point Stadium? Grand Parade is mostly for the marginalised people."

Read: Rent owed to City goes from R3 400 to R260 000 in one month

"The City informed me that they will barricade the area from 8 to 11 March for the cycling tour, but now since last week informal traders have not been at their usual places.

"The City has not put in any meaningful plans to accommodate all traders. How can they try and push us to do our trading in Plein Street yet they have not organised the area for us?" she asked.

Nozuko Ben from Khayelitsha, 29, who studied Project Management at college and now sells beads, said: "The City should in a way try to compensate us for the days lost."

Councillor Stuart Diamond, Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, said: "We are working with the traders to see how best they can be accommodated."

"The Grand Parade has not been barricaded. The area has been fenced-off to allow for event set-up to take place. As with any large event, set-up is done about a week or more in advance due to the logistics."

Read more on:    city of cape town  |  cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.