Western Cape Traders Meeting

16 02 2010

The Western Cape Fresh Produce Crisis Committee is having a meeting in the Cape Town Market at 10:00 tomorrow morning, February 17, 2010. The meeting will address the informal trading by-laws, evictions of traders and the confiscation of goods.

For more information please contact: Mischka Cassiem 0731286657, Omar Allie 0834599313 and Uthmaan Rhoda 0822924069

Letters Issued to Traders in Mitchells Plain Town Centre

15 02 2010

On February 12, 2010, city officials Richard Holdstock and Randall Skrikker handed out notices to Traders in Mitchells Plain Town Centre to collect their new permits on the 15th, 16th and 17th of February 2010. However, CHATA (Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association) feel that this is undemocratic. The permit will enable the city to control Traders in that they will be limited to strict conditions. In a workshop attended by CHATA last October 2009, Mr. Iran Anthony said clearly that those who are happy with the reallocation process must move and those who are not happy should stay until their grievances are sorted. CHATA feels that the city has created the by-law in order to control the informal sector and a call for assistance is also going out to National Government for intervention.

CHATA has now become part of the Western Cape Fresh Produce Crisis Committee in the Epping Market. Further discussion about the rights of Traders will be discussed in the near future.

For more information please contact Mischka Cassiem 0731286657, Naiela Harneker 0729050779, Yasmeen 084 287 5220

Eviction worry for MP traders

27 01 2010

2010-01-27 05:42:24 – VOCFM

The Mitchells Plain Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association (CHATA) have expressed concern about threats by law enforcement officials to continue evicting informal traders. This follows an earlier decision by the City of Cape Town to halt the eviction of traders from the Town Centre last year. According to Mischka Cassiem, spokeswoman for CHATA, some of the traders who had relocated to the new trading area in Mitchells Plain have now moved back to the Mitchells Plain Town Centre to trade there because they found that the new trading area did not cater to their needs. Read the rest of this entry »

CHATA: Hawkers fate tied in with the fate of Epping Market

26 01 2010
Mitchell’s Plain Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association
26 January 2010 – For Immediate Release

Meeting: Western Cape traders meeting at Epping Market – 10h00am

The situation for the Mitchell’s Plain traders is still very uncertain. We still do not know when evictions could take place. There have been threats that a Law Enforcement operation will commence to evict us anytime next month.

In response, CHATA has sent Mayor Dan Plato an email of concern regarding Law Enforcement’s plans in the area. Why are there plans to evict us when negotiations have not ended? Mr Ivan Anthony from the city has promised us that traders who have not registered yet can continue trading in their old spots until after negotiations have ended.  There is still another workshop planned for February.  Mayor Plato still has not responded to our complaints. Read the rest of this entry »

Informal Traders Meeting with Officials Tomorrow in Mayor’s Quarters of Cape Town Civic Centre

1 12 2009

The Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition (WCITC) are meeting Mansoor Mohammed at 9h00 tomorrow, December 2, 2009, at the Cape Town Civil Centre, in the Mayor’s quarters on the sixth floor. The people that will be attending will be representatives of each area trading in Cape Town including CHATA (Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association) of Mitchells Plain Town Centre. This is another meeting regarding the memorandum given to officials by the WCITC. They traders gave officials seven days, but they responded within three. The memorandum states that there needs to be a moratorium on the evictions, confiscations, harassments and all other issues pertaining to the informal sector. Press is invited to speak with the Coalition starting at 8h30 in the cafeteria of the Cape Town Civic Centre.

For more information please contact Mischka Cassiem 0731286657 and/or Nkosinathi 0718268076

Media: MPlain hawkers get extension

24 11 2009

2009-11-24 05:29:50 – VOCFM

Informal traders at the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre have expressed their satisfaction with a decision by the City of Cape Town to halt its proposed eviction process. At a workshop held last week, the Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association (Chata) were informed that they will be able to trade until the end of December this year. Last month, hawkers were issued eviction letters by city officials stating that they would need permits to trade and would be relocated from November 1st. Chata spokesperson Mischka Cassiem said 20 delegates were invited to the workshop with three representatives from each trader organization. Read the rest of this entry »

Western Cape Informal Traders picket in front of Dan Plato’s office tomorrow morning

23 11 2009
CHATA Press Alert
23 November 2009

Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association of Mitchell’s Plain will be protesting outside Mayor Dan Plato’s office tomorrow (Tuesday) from 9am until 1pm as part of the Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition.

The Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition is a grouping of hawkers and traders organisations from all over the Western Cape.  Members will assemble at the Civic Centre by the Mayor’s office on Hertzog Blvd at 09h00 and are scheduled to present a list of demands to the mayor.  Plato has agreed to come and accept our memorandum.  All informal traders in the province are invited to participate.
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Mitchells Plain Traders Meet With City – Process Postponed Again

20 11 2009

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

Media: Helping informal traders to help themselves

18 11 2009

18 November, 2009- NGO Pulse

South Africa’s poor have headed government’s call to do it for themselves in the spirit of vukuzenzele. To millions of people affected by poverty and unemployment, the most obvious option to ‘do it for yourself’ is to start small business initiatives such as selling fruits and vegetables, clothes, fast food at a street corner, and operating ‘spaza’ shops. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: City to meet with MPlain traders

17 11 2009

2009-11-14 18:39:30 – Voice of the Cape

The Mitchell’s Plain Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association (CHATA) claims City of Cape Town officials are still victimizing informal traders in the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre, despite a decision by Mayor Dan Plato to call off the eviction operation. Informal traders and hawkers at the Town Centre were up in arms last month after they were issued letters by the City, ordering them to remove their trading structures by the 1st November. In the letters, they were also informed to collect their new permits for relocation to another trading square.

According to CHATA spokesperson Mishka Cassiem, the body’s members are pleased with Mayor Plato’s decision to halt the evictions in the complex. However, a day after the announcement, a city official appointed to work in Mitchell’s Plain evicted a CHATA member. Another member was evicted a few days later, she alleged. Cassiem said it was clear city officials were undermining the Mayor’s decision.

“We have the incidents on camera, where one of our members found someone else trading on her bay. After engaging with the city official, we managed to put our members back in their trading bays. It was hard work but with tolerance and calmness, we were able to bring stability in the Town Centre amidst the commotion,” she reported.

The City has called all hawkers and traders to a workshop at Portlands Community Hall on Wednesday 18th November in order to gain more clarity on the process of relocation. The Mayor and Mayoral Committee member Felicity Purchase will be in attendance. However, Cassiem expressed concern that the workshop will not be able to “iron out all the grievances” put forward by traders.


“The Mayor said it will be a grievance meeting to sort out all the differences between the various organizations of traders. However, the invitation states it is a relocation workshop, showing that the City is going ahead with its plans for traders to move,” she said. She added: “Despite this, we will attend and raise our concerns. We are busy compiling all our objections and will present them to the Mayoral Committee as well as the Mayor.”

Cassiem said the flea market remains a primary source of income for over 1000 traders who are now uncertain about their future. Hawkers believe the new trading complex may not have enough business potential and will be distanced from the bustling passing trade. In 2004 the City granted hawkers permission to trade in Symphony Lane, however they have now indicated a need for space to accommodate a fire engine in the mall, which some traders are acceding to.

“About ten to fifteen traders have moved to the new market voluntarily. A few traders have cooperated by moving into the new space away from all the shoppers so that the passing fire engines can come through. So there is this willing to cooperate,” she related.

“However, in comparison to where we were, there will be little feet. At the new market, we are only exposed to the customers at the taxi rank and when people come from the shops and walk past the traders, they will be too tired to stop at our traders,” said, adding that disgruntled traders believe the new market will be over congested and it will not be attractive to shoppers.

The organization has planned a picket at the Mayor’s office on 24 November and is calling all members to attend. For more information, contact Mishcka on 073 128 6657. VOC (Tasneem Mohamed)


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