Wood­stock mar­ket a boost for lo­cal traders

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SINOLWAZI APRIL

FASH­ION and food lovers, fans of all things fab­u­lous, brace your­selves be­cause there’s a new kid on the block. But what makes the Love Lo­cal mar­ket dif­fer­ent is that it’s de­signed pri­mar­ily to of­fer an arena for black and coloured emerg­ing busi­nesses.

It takes place on the last Satur­day of ev­ery month and kicked off last month at the Great­more Stu­dios in Wood­stock. The next one is to­day.

“It is all about sup­port­ing and ex­pos­ing new and es­tab­lished lo­cal brands, while en­joy­ing a mar­ket with a twist,” ac­cord­ing to the two be­hind the con­cept, Tracey Rose and Mwabi Jere-Mo­taung.

Rose, born here but raised in Namibia, works as a pro­duc­tion man­ager in the film in­dus­try.

“I am also a DJ, vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist and a big jazz lover. Pretty much, I’m a mover and shaker,” she said.

Jere-Mo­taung is a so­cial me­dia man­ager, orig­i­nally from Zam­bia.

“My pas­sion is the up­lift­ment of black and coloured peo­ple. And that’s what we’re hop­ing to do with this mar­ket,” she said.

Jere-Mo­taung has been in the de­sign and craft in­dus­try for three years, work­ing with the Craft and De­sign In­sti­tute.

With their full- time jobs and busy sched­ules, the pair don’t see each other daily, but they’re al­ways com­mu­ni­cat­ing via Face­book. Rose said the idea for the mar­ket came af­ter Jere-Mo­taung in­vited her to DJ at a mar­ket in Har­ring­ton Street.

“I mulled the idea for some time, but the light bulb mo­ment came when I looked at the space at the Great­more Stu­dios.

They have no fund­ing and the costs are com­ing ei­ther from their own pock­ets or the stall­hold­ers in­volved. But they say they’ve worked to keep the mar­ket cheap and ac­ces­si­ble.

“Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is what we are all about, and why we pri­mar­ily fo­cus on black and coloured busi­nesses.”

But they’re not ex­clu­sive.

“We look at your prod­uct and if it’s of good qual­ity we will con­sider it. Money isn’t our ma­jor aim; we want to make sure that ev­ery­thing on sale is perfect and beau­ti­ful.”

But they also want the lo­cal res­i­dents to ben­e­fit and want to in­clude stall­hold­ers from the im­me­di­ate Wood­stock area. They also em­ploy lo­cals to watch the cars.

Any­one in­ter­ested in sign­ing up for a stall should email lo­calloveza@gmail.com. Stalls cost R250 each per day.

To­day’s mar­ket runs from 3pm to 9 pm and there will be a live per­for­mance by Cape Town R& B crooner Va­lerie Omari, as well as DJ sets from DJ Mava and spe­cial guest DJ Ntone Ed­jabe, found­ing ed­i­tor of Chimurenga mag­a­zine.

sinolwazi.april@inl.co.za to­tally

Tracey Rose and Mwabi JereMo­taung run the Love Lo­cal Mar­ket in Wood­stock.

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