Tales from the ground of Cape City Market


The Cape City Market in Epping has been central to offering recent meals in Cape City, it’s the major supply of produce for casual merchants and spaza outlets and is accountable for sourcing a lot of the metropolis’s meals.

The market has been so central to the town’s functioning, taking part in a significant position in meals safety and opening up employment prospects.

‘In case you come out of jail with a prison file, nobody goes to need to rent you, however over right here you may have the opportunity of shopping for one thing you possibly can commerce as an alternative of turning to a lifetime of crime,’ David Nortjie, ground supervisor of Cape City Market mentioned.

David began working on the market in 1967 after he enrolled however has recollections of coming along with his father earlier than that.

There are numerous tales to be advised on the market, a few of battle, and a few of fortune, however in the event you’ve eaten meals within the higher Cape City space, it’s a part of the story of how meals ended up in your plate.


Hilda Hill( left) and her workforce (proper). She is from Tzaneen, Limpopo, and is likely one of the merchants on the newer Village Market simply outdoors the primary warehouse constructing. She sources a number of her merchandise from northern South Africa, and different African international locations. The Mopane worms from Botswana, Baobab fruit from Zimbabwe and African fowl’s eye Chilli from


Uthmaan Rhoda was the primary market agent of color on the ground, beginning RMA Brokers within the early 2000s. He began as a casual dealer on the sidewalk outdoors the primary market however by way of a number of battle and self-discipline, acquired an area on the primary market ground to commerce.


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Flippie Mengel is aware of every little thing potatoes and onions, two of the largest commodities bought available on the market ground. With farming changing into ever-more precarious, the market brokers play a significant position between the farmer and the market to make sure the farmer will get the perfect value for his or her produce.


Brandon is likely one of the porters that transport produce for patrons to the parking zone. It’s a troublesome hustle, however in a rustic with rising unemployment, it’s one of many few employment choices for some.



Boeta Johnson (third from proper) pictured along with his household. He traded on the sidewalk outdoors the market on the pavement for years till as lately as 2019 when he skilled common raids from the town authorities. By way of negotiations with merchants and the market, a brand new individuals’s market was constructed parallel to the market. With Boeta’s enterprise having been formalised, he now runs Johnson Fruiters along with his household.


Watch our video concerning the market here.

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Footage: David Henning


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