Nathan Adams | 21 October 2009 | Eyewitness News
Traders at Mitchells Plain’s Town Centre have less than two weeks to move their stalls before a revamp of the market gets underway.
The City of Cape Town has demarcated new trading spaces for vendors and they will have to apply for new trading permits.
The vendors are vehemently opposed to the changes, saying they will lose revenue if they move from where they have been trading from for many years.
The city’s Paul Williamson said the focus of the revamp is the cramped walk ways.
“The one area where the city is particularly keen to upgrade are the walkways in the town centre in terms of landscaping, in terms of signage and street furniture.’
However, Mischka Cassiem of the Concerned Hawkers Association said the city’s actions contradict its by-laws.
“They’ve created by-laws for traders not to trade on drains, between trees and on the pavement but there’re demarcated bays on drains, between trees and on the pavement. So they contradicting themselves,” said Cassiem.
(Edited by Danya Philander)