SAVE THE STABLES
By: Veantha Naidoo
Durban stall-holders at the New-Market Stables are urging the public to sign their petition, after they have been given notice to vacate the premises.
The life-style market is located in Jaco Jackson Drive and features over 75 stalls selling various types of crafts and food.
However, recently the EThekwini Municipality has given stall-owners and the Stables riding school till the end of August to leave.
Sarah van Wyk, who sells antiques said that she has been selling goods, at this stall for the past 10 years and it would be a shame if this market closed down.
“Many individuals depend on this income to support their families and further -more this piece of land that the stables is built on is actually a heritage site, so how can the municipality
destroy a heritage site,” added van Wyk.
Food stall owner, Kerina Pillay, who has been selling snacks for the past 8 years, said the market is a place that unites people and showcases the different cultures that South Africa
“Besides the market creating employment opportunities, it also brings people together.
People are treated to live music and are also able to support up and coming artists,” Pillay said.
The Stables boasts one of the last equestrian clubs in Durban.
According to the Daily News, the Stables is home to more than 50 horses, which belong to people who ride them on weekends or allow children to ride them.
Stables Lifestyle Market spokesperson Fathima Khan, said over 1000 people have signed the petition to save the market from being evicted.
Khan said that they hope to resolve this matter quickly so that stall-holders and the public do not have to worry about the market closing.
The lifestyle market operates three days a week and has been opened for more than a century.