Plans are underway to relocate some of the Adderley Street traders by the City of Cape Town. This is due to concerns about the congestion of traders around Adderley Street. The plan was discussed at a sub-council meeting yesterday and it allows for 599 dedicated informal trading areas in the CBD.
Paul Williamson, Service Coordinator of the Business Areas Management Economic Development at the City of Cape Town, says the proposal will be implemented after the full council agrees. He also said that the informal traders and other affected parties were part of the consultation process; their comments were received and taken into account.
The City was of the idea that demographics, economics and the area changes need to be re-looked at where informal trading takes place currently, where the food forts are, where the economic opportunities are and to make changes where necessary.
According to Williamson, at least 29 traders will have to be relocated from Adderley Street to other sites. He says the traders will get an opportunity to view the new sites and see if they’ll like to trade from there; it will be on a voluntary basis.