The Big Issue vendor removed from Canal Walk after 8 years

The MD for the Big Issue Cape Town, Derek Carelse, speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about one of their vendors who is accused of suspicious activity involving parking tickets at Canal Walk Centre.

This issue led to a resident at Robertson House (a home for adults who have spinal cord injuries), Mr Kobus Smith who has been a vendor at the centre for more than eight years, being removed.

According to Carelse, Canal Walk Management has asked that Kobus be moved from the centre.

First they asked to produce some kind of a pop-up stand that will fit in with their brand image. We have produced one which was not up to their preference and in the meantime they asked Kobus to move.

Derek Carelse, MD for the Big Issue Cape Town

Luckily for Kobus we have been able to locate a site for him at the Milnerton Shoprite centre.

Derek Carelse, MD for the Big Issue Cape Town

RESPONSE FROM CANAL WALK:

Canal Walk Management was made aware of allegations from customers regarding suspicious activity involving parking tickets by one of the Big Issue vendors. This resulted in us requesting a meeting with The Big Issue management.After discussions at the meeting we were informed that The Big Issue were looking at a new strategy of placing vendors in more corporate environments and that they would be placing Mr Kobus Smith elsewhere. We have worked well with The Big Issue over many years and have been a staunch supporter of the organisation and its works. Due to this relationship we have also offered them free advertising on our mediums which we hope will assist in sales of the magazine.

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