Three of the eight market agents currently in operation at the market have made substantial progress with equity ownership for historically disadvantaged individuals. Market management promotes and supports such initiatives whenever the opportunity arises.
The market has an association with the University of Pretoria to provide informal training. 100 Fresh produce retailers were trained in business principles, product knowledge, financial management and customer care to improve their entrepreneurial skills. This is an ongoing project and a further 100 informal traders will be trained during the 2005/2006 financial year.
Establishment of Decentralised Fresh Produce retail outlets in previously disadvantaged areas
A consultant was appointed in March 2003 to undertake a study into the most suitable model for the distribution of fresh produce in the previously disadvantaged areas. The study focused on the northern suburbs of the CTMM as this is the most critical core area in terms of social and economic upliftment and empowerment. This area is also expected to capture new customers that presently use other distribution channels.
A report on the findings of the study served before Council on 14 June 2004 and it was inter alia resolved that a more detailed financial viability study be done.
A statement of work was compiled and approved by MMC & SEO of Economic Development. The tender was advertised in local newspapers on 29 October 2004 with a compulsory information session on 9 November 2004.