Market Day: A Cultural Mixer

Green Market Square

IMG_08701) Name of Proprieter/Store: “Bonita Shop”

a) Where else do they sell?

They only sell here in the Green Market Square.

b) Where are they from?

The vendor was born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

2) What types of goods do they sell?

Mostly wooden crafts, not made by the vendor (she claimed to paint certain bowls which I do not believe she really did herself because I have seen them at every market I have been to so far this trip).

a) Where are the goods from?

The goods were from all over Africa, some were from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, etc.

3) Why do they sell the goods here?

She sells the goods to make a living, jobs are difficult to come by, this is one of the other options to make an income.

a) How much is the rent?

For one month’s rent it is roughly R400 for a stall (depending on its location)

Pan-African Market

Samson

1) Name of Proprieter/Store: Sampson

a) Where else do they sell?

Sampson and his friends also sell goods in the Green Market Square as well.

b) Where are they from?

He was born in Tanzania and his parents are from Kenya, so they moved back there and then he moved here to South Africa 12 years ago. He used to be a school teacher in Kenya for about 10 years before he moved here to do business.

2) What types of goods do they sell?

He was selling lots of wooden, beaded, metal goods, some hand crafted arts, most were not hand made by him or his friends.

a) where are the goods from?

He imported a lot of his goods from Kenya because it is much cheaper there. Other goods were from countries like Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Cameroon.

3) Why do they sell the goods here?

He was looking for a way to earn money and work which provided more opportunity than Kenya did.

a) How much is the rent?

For his particular space he said his rent was R2300-2400/month

Blue Shed

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1) Name of Proprieter/Store: Janine Jones Creations

a) Where else do they sell?

They have a website. The store began in the Green Market Square when it started 9 years ago.

b) Where are they from?

The company was started Janine, a single mother in a township, Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain. Single mothers make the goods from crushed ostrich eggshells and 40% of the profit goes to the women.

2) What types of goods do they sell?

The goods are all sorts of items with crushed ostrich egg shells such as clocks, bowls, vases, candles, etc.

a) Where are the goods from?

The goods are all made by the women in Tafelsig township.

3) Why do they sell the goods here?

The woman working at the stand when I was there is a single mother herself (she became a single mother after taking in her sister’s children after she passed away). She was in need of a job after the shop in the Blue Shed that she worked at closed. One of the women who already worked at this shop offered her a job to work for them and she took it so she could support her children.

a) How much is the rent?

She was not sure of the specific rent for the shop but it ranges from R7,000-10,000 depending on the size of the shop.

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