Hawkers to embark on action

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HAWKERS' associations in Hillbrow announced yesterday that they would embark on a process of 'mass action' on February 20 in protest against poor conditions at their market and poor treatment by the
HAWKERS' associations in Hillbrow announced yesterday that they would embark on a process of 'mass action' on February 20 in protest against poor conditions at their market and poor treatment by the metro police and the city council.

They also said that they were going to stop paying rent for the market stalls.

The market cost R5m to build and was opened on December 4 last year by Johannesburg's executive mayor, Amos Masondo.

'They need to account for what they have done with the money', said Edmund Elias, the liaison officer of the Gauteng Hawkers Association (GHA).

The associations claim that conditions at the market are unacceptable, saying there are inefficient storage, water and toilet facilities and the open air section is in the line of storm water.

The GHA and the Hillbrow Berea Hawkers Association say that, since last week, hawkers have been removed from the streets, their goods confiscated by metro police, and forced into the market. About 300 have been left without trading posts.

'The market was designed in conjunction with the hawkers,' said Keith Atkins, CEO of Metropolitan Trading Company.

Publisher: Business Day
Source: Business Day

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