Asiye eTafuleni has been involved in evaluating responses by city officials to a proposed Mall. The latter state of events has been brought by individual street traders that stand to be displaced because of the proposed Mall, who have subsequently launched a lawsuit against the local municipality with the assistance of the Legal Resources Centre. The case involves the street traders who work on the fringes of Warwick market, including bovine head cookers, barrow operators, live poultry sellers and others, and seeks to establish their right to conduct trade in a manner that suits long established traditions and values rather than the standards associated with the formal economy.
An article by The New Age had this to say:
“There’s good news for traders at the historic Warwick Avenue Early Morning market in Durban following the disclosure that the eThekwini Municipality is likely to shelve plans for a mall development at the site.
Addressing the municipality’s executive committee yesterday, City Manager Mike Sutcliffe said the R570m Warwick Development Project may be shelved following massive public resistance.
The development has been delayed because of legal action by the Early Morning Market traders who have fiercely fought against the removal of the market.”