Track 3: Access to Affordable Business Spaces & Infrastructure

Track 3: Access to Affordable
Business Spaces & Infrastructure
3 Presentations:
- Challenges and opportunities at railway
- Lessons in the experience of the
Claremont Improvement District
- Trading opportunities at IRT stations
PRASA & Rail Stations
Do see stations as opportunities for trading & markets
Intent to organise & formalise trading opportunities
Integrate trading opportunities into their planning
Not enough space for everyone, need assistance from neighbouring
land owners
• Needs to be a plan for each station
Claremont Improvement District
• Need to spend money on informal trading for it to work (eg Dreyer
Street) – capital & maintenance – to capture the informal & formal
• Informal markets need to be marketed too
• Planning of markets needs to be feasible & affordable
• Partnerships needed to invest in infrastructure
• Lack of infrastructure also contributes to illegal activity
• Need to balance the rights of traders and public space users
• Formal/ semi-formal trading concessions being looked at for MYCITI
stations, piloting Gardens & Civic Stations – tenders have closed but
there will be more in future
Key discussion points:
Access to the system to access the opportunities – databases
(integration across City & PRASA too), communication with
networks, training to participate in tender processes & checks
The affordability of rentals is key
Planning for informal trading in townships; eg Imizamo Yethu –
enforcement is threatening livelihoods but there is no planning
for trading that people can work with
There are lost opportunities for trading, that would also bring
life to streets, eg Claremont Main Road
The quality of public spaces and markets will also encourage
people to stay and use them – shelter & convenience for users
and traders
Markets need to cater to local needs/ need to be opportunities
for markets catering to local interests/ needs
Should be opportunities for trading at all stations – incl
neighbourhood stations
Key discussion points: MYCITI
Missed opportunities for special events trading
Tender process needs to be accessible, there
needs to be communication with networks and
processes to assist people to tender and checks to
ensure the big players don’t trump the little
Key discussion points: Policy
Policy needs to give clarity as to whether this is about
job creation or profit-making & funding needs to come
One size does not fit all
Training in application processes for trading
Equity in amounts paid for trading opportunities across
the city
Access to infrastructure nearby to trading spaces –
sharing facilities with civic facilities; eg. Macassar
Resistance to informal trading structures
Lessons from locked up trading facilities – affordability?

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