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Zwelihle's empty spaces

Whale Coast FM went to Zwelihle to look at the economic buzz in the area. However, as soon as we started speaking to vendors, complaints of maladministration, inadequate facilities and high costs emerged. Solly Madikane, director of local economic development at theOverstrand Municipality spoke to Whale Coast FM and addressed some of these complaints.

Swartdam Road Stalls: 

While these structures were erected for people to trade out of, anyone can sit and sell their goods. The structures have no electricity and no water and when it rains, the vendorsgoods get wet. They also have to carry all their goods from where they store them to the structure and back each day as they cannot lock it up. 




Some of the structures are also empty.

According to Solly Madikane, director of local economic development at the Overstrand Municipality, anyone is welcome to trade at these stalls.


This building was built to enhance local economic development, but has been standing empty and in disrepair for years. It is boarded up now. 


The building is currently under an investigation from an insurance company and once a report has been finalised, the municipality hopes to have people trading from there.


Faecal matter near the electricity box.


When Whale Coast FM visited the Zwelihle taxi rank, only 3 shops were open. It is supposed to be a hub of activity. The shops do not have running water and again, when it rains, the rain blows in.


But, according to Madikane, traders need to open their shops during peak traveling times. He says that more than 3,000 people use the taxi rank on any given day and that there are opportunities for vendors.

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The taxi rank is largely deserted at midday. 


Vendors at the taxi rank cannot use the ablution facilities at the taxi rank. Human urine and faecal matter is on the floors. The stench from the toilets is  overpowering. Vendors say they have contacted the municipality in this regard, but they do not respond. Vendors claim that they pay R285 to have a shop on the premises and electricity is pre-paid.

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According to Madikane vendors are responsible to keep the toilets clean and there are municipal workers tasked with cleaning it as well.


There is only one tap at the taxi rank and vendors have to carry the top of the tap with them, without which they have no access to water.


The Zwelihle Mall has been standing empty since it was erected. Every entrance is protected by burglar bars. Children are using the premises as a playground.


Madikane says that by the end of June a tender process will begin to fill the shops with locally owed businesses.

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