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VENTURES: Green Point Market To Open


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The Green Point Informal Trading Market will be trading at the Green Point Bowling Green Parking Area on Sunday, 8 February,  in terms of permission given to it by the City.

The permit requires the Green Point Fleamarket Traders Association to ensure that all the conditions of the permit, and the City By-laws and regulations are met.

In order to comply with fire regulations, the City has created 269 trading opportunities.

Having a wide range of products on sale will ensure a more viable and sustainable market. To ensure this the City has decided to place a limit on number of stalls selling the same category of product.

All Green Point Informal Traders wishing to trade at the site will need to register, and need to pay R40 per Sunday towards provided services, such as the traffic officers, 10 accredited security personnel, cleansing, mobile toilets etc.

The City’s Executive Director: Economic, Social Development and Tourism, Mansoor Mohamed, said that all 269 traders had a right to trade once they are registered in terms of the event permit.

“The City is acutely aware that locally and internationally, there is a renewed focus on the area around the 2010 Soccer World Cup Stadium. It is therefore in everyone’s interest that the Green Point Informal Trader Market is managed in a way that enhances the standing and reputation of the informal traders, the local community and the City. The City is of the view that the Green Point Fleamarket Traders Association is an organization that observes the principles of Batho Pele, is accountable and well managed and will respond positively to the challenges it faces”, Mohamed said

The City of Cape Town notes that a large majority of Greenpoint traders have trading opportunities elsewhere and will not be severely affected by the temporary displacement. However, if any of the displaced traders do not have alternative spaces for Sunday trading, the City will redeploy them to other markets. Please contact your trader association in this regard.

It needs to be clearly stated that the Green Point Fleamarket Traders Association has not been given carte blanche to operate the market at the Green Point Bowling Green Parking Area indefinitely. This arrangement is for the duration of the eight week trial period only. To ensure that the market operates in a manner that does credit to both the traders and the City, strict terms and conditions need to be complied with on a Sunday by Sunday basis.

Mohamed emphasised that the City of Cape Town condemns any act of discrimination against foreign traders. “It equally condemns the attempt by individuals and organizations to incite foreign traders against local traders and vice versa. The City will continue to create an enabling environment for all residents of Cape Town, local and foreign,” he said.


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