Parow market’s traders call for public support

Signage reminds people to be safe. Picture: KAREN WATKINS

Parow market is open for business again, but those traders who survived lockdown say trade is slow and they’re appealing to the public to support them.

The market in King Edward Street, reopened about three weeks ago. Informal traders were allowed to return to work under level 3 lockdown. 

The market has been running for about 35 years and is one of the northern suburbs’ best kept secrets. With a maze of stalls, both indoors and out, there are hidden treasures and excellent bargains, from hardware and hats to books and baked goods.

Michelle Jooste, who sells odds and ends, toys and books, says friends and family helped her through lockdown. Now she is happy to be back, making enough money to put food on the table.

Peter Jansen has been at the market for 15 years. He survived lockdown thanks to support from his children. There was no help from the government and no food parcels, he says. Now there are days when he does not sell anything and so he is asking people to come back.

Market manager Jannie Theart says he is not sure why business has been slow, but he thinks it could be that people do not know that they are open again or that they are scared of catching Covid-19. However, he says they are making hand sanitiser available, only admitting people wearing cloth masks, spacing stalls for physical distancing, and limiting the number of visitors through the two entrances on busy days  

The market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8am to 2pm.