Local entrepreneurs from Mowbray, Rosebank and surrounding areas say their first public market at Mowbray Town Hall on Monday 24 September was a success.
The market day was launched by the Seventh Day Adventist Church to bring together passionate entrepreneurs and create a platform to promote their businesses and products.
It was launched in line with the celebration of Heritage Day to unite residents and allow them to celebrate their diversity.
According to the organisers there was a range of local foods, skincare products, clothing, books and other advisory stations.
There was also a kids’ zone with a jumping castle that kept the children occupied throughout the event.
Organiser Simon Hayes says there were more than 10 different stalls including health awareness stations and sellers.
Hayes says even though he was disappointed by some entrepreneurs the day was a success.
He says: “It was good to see people uniting under the same goal. It showed great potential for growth and we would like to host it quarterly to make sure interested entrepreneurs get good exposure and interact directly with their target markets.”
Albertina Jere sold books at the market. She says after seeing the positive response from their communities they suggested having the market day on a regular basis.
Jere says for her it was not about making a profit, but rather establishing contacts and building relationships with other residents while letting her children play in a safe public space.
“I was selling at an open market for the first time and it was a very interesting experience and was also good for the children to be out.”
Another entrepreneur, Bonita Pretorius from Pinelands, heard about the market day and wanted to be part of it.
She sold non-perishables, natural foods and herbal teas.
Pretorius says it was amazing to see how people are interested in different products and she enjoyed interacting with the buyers.