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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Informal trader project

HISTORIC: Greenmarket Square has a rich history HISTORIC: Greenmarket Square has a rich history Louw Roets

One of Cape Town’s oldest markets may soon have a facelift thanks to CPUT students.

The Informal Trader Project has seen CPUT students engage directly with Greenmarket Square traders in an effort to find a more design friendly solution to a variety of issues.

The scheme is a recognised World Design Cape Town 2014 project and aims to rejuvenate Greenmarket Square which has a history of being the site of slave trading, a parking lot and a fruit and vegetable market.


Earlier this year the project kicked off when Industrial Design students visited the site and interviewed traders about the issues facing them.

These included weather conditions, damage to product during transit, pushing heavy loads through peak- hour traffic and the heavy labour involved in set-up and break-down each day.

Students also visited the site during the morning set-up and evening break-down to watch the full life cycle of a market day and experience the various sub-systems at play like the trolley pushers and stall builders who only perform one specific task.

The project is on-going, although students have suggested a few options so far like a more resourceful wind and rain stall cover which suits all Cape Town weather conditions as well as involving traditional businesses in the area to find a more holistic solution for all involved.

Find out more about this project

Written by Lauren Kansley

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Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.