On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, the City of Cape Town hosted a workshop with all Trader’s organisations of Mitchells Plain. Each organisation was allowed to have three representatives attend the workshop. The City hosted the workshop to hear the Trader’s opinions and concerns regarding the new renovation and relocation process. CHATA (Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association) attended, but is concerned with the intention of the workshop as the process would have and is still continuing regardless. The City still wants to move forward with the process and announced that it must go on, but at this time has given two more weeks of postponement. Within these two weeks the City has claimed they want to speak to every trader to discuss individual objections to the process.
CHATA will continue to oppose the process if it is continually not done fairly. Due to the problematic Umbrella Body for the Traders, CHATA has requested the removal of the Umbrella Body and a subsequent re-election of a representative Trader body. CHATA is writing another letter to Mayor Dan Plato to pressure him about the process and the need for further consultation. CHATA members are delighted with the two weeks postponement, and due to the input and issues that CHATA has raised, the Traders are moving closer to justice.
For more information please contact: Mischka Cassiem 0731286657, Naiela 0729050779 and Yasmeen 0842875220