The Ga-Segonyana local municipality is to embark on upgrading the current Chisanyama business precinct into a state-of-the-art structure for small to medium enterprises as from July 2017 and it will be called Kuruman SMME Hub.
Current informal traders will have to vacate the place, the Kathu Gazette can reveal. Both the outgoing Municipal Manager Mr Edward Ntefang and the officer responsible for Local Economic Development Mr Boikanyo Modise concurred that the area is shoddy-looking, making it an eye sore to the tourist fraternity in the town.
Mr Modise said that while the informal tra-ders seem to be resisting leaving the place, as advised, to pave the way for meticulous planning, this will have to happen to restore hygiene and sanity in the area.
The precinct, situated on erf 809 belongs to the municipality and needs revamping by building permanent structures. The municipality, in conjunction with local mine Assmang Khumani, have made a pact or joint venture aimed at reconfiguring the dilapidated structure. A convincing plan is already in the hands of the local authority that departmentalises SMMEs according to their lines of trade within the precinct.
While this is a noble idea to commercialise the precinct, a group of people are spreading wrong influences to the current occupants, to resist them giving way to the rebuilding of the structure precisely meant to benefit them as well as other new applicants. The local authority is giving first preference to the current traders including the new ones.
Chisanyama is one of the dirty spots in town where the sale of stolen goods and drugs have been rampant to date. In a nutshell, the area is where every dealer haphazardly sells what he/she thinks can generate income by hook or by crook. Caravans facing the road predominantly sell food, while the rest deals with a miscellany of goods and services.
Another development by Transnet next to the precinct is on the cards and negotiations are at an advanced stage. The next project by the municipality is at the Kospot opposite Midas where a similar project will be undertaken.
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