Trading upgrades

The City of Cape Town will be spending R40 million on upgrades to the Dunoon taxi rank by March 2021.

Nearly 90 kiosks and demarcated bays will be made available to informal traders in Dunoon, according to a draft municipal plan.

The City of Cape Town’s proposals for informal trading in the township are out for public comment until Thursday October 15.

The plan proposes 31 kiosks and 33 trading bays at the Dunoon taxi rank and 10 bays on the corner Akkerboom Street and Mnandi Roa d. There will be a further 15 bays on the corner of Winning Way and Potsdam Road.

Grant Twigg, mayoral committee member for urban management, said informal trading was vital to ease poverty.

“The proposed changes will, among other things, address crime, provide bigger trading bays and, most importantly, enhance the ability of traders to adhere to the Covid-19 safety regulations.

“Informal trading also helps with the creation of employment that in turn contributes to the household income. The effect of the trading plan is to provide dedicated informal-trading opportunities and security of tenure for informal traders in the area.”

In 2018, the City announced R42 million in upgrades to the Dunoon taxi rank.

At the sod-turning for that project last year, Felicity Purchase, mayoral committee member for transport, said it included a two-storey retail block for potential traders and room for traders downstairs.