The City of Cape Town has decided to extend the trading hours of the Cape Town festive season nightmarket, following complaints from traders that the market’s reduced hours would not benefit traders this year. The popular event started on Friday 18th December and will run until the 22 December – a shorter trading period than usual. The festive season event annually draws thousands of people to the city centre to see the festive season lights in Adderley Street and to browse through the Company Gardens and relax to good music and food. Informal traders see the event as an important tourist attraction and a chance for them to boost their income.
City officials met with traders on Thursday where it was agreed the market would close at 11 pm. However, there was no budging extending the market until a later date.
Ismail Moosa, a representative for the CBD Night Market traders, says they are happy a compromise was reached.
“Unfortunately, the market will only run until the 22 December. We were told there is no budget for the extra days,” he said.
Moosa said Friday night saw a good turnout, but they hope for even bigger numbers this weekend.
“People only started to get to the market at 8pm in the evening. But unfortunately, they couldn’t extend it because it was too short notice. But from Saturday night, it will be extended.”
The City of Cape Town tendered the event to Cape Town Partnership to oversee. Due to time constraints in planning the event, extended hours could not be arranged. The City of Cape Town could not be reached for comment. VOC