Cape Town keeps the online market open until the end of June

The city of Cape Town has decided to extend the pilot project of its online market until the end of June.

Last month, the city announced it would launch the Cape Town Online Marketplace to help small businesses sell their products online in response to the negative impact of COVID-19.

Led by the City’s Urban Management Department, the online market features vendors based in Cape Town, with the aim of supporting small businesses by selling their products online.

While the market was to take place until Wednesday, June 9, the city has now extended its run until Wednesday, June 30.

According to a statement released by the city, online shoppers could initially expect more than 500 products from 110 informal traders, vendors and artisans when they visit the Cape Town Pilot Online Market.

However, these figures were exceeded by more than 150 traders, vendors and informal artisans registering more than 600 products, he said.

“Cape Town surprised me by their willingness to participate in this pilot online market and to exceed our expectations not only by the number of registered sellers, but also by the quality of the local products offered. As a result of these successes, we have decided to expand the online marketplace from the original end date of June 9 to June 30, ”said Alderman Grant Twigg, member of the Mayor’s Committee for Urban Management.

“We continue our commitment to help the informal sector with increased economic opportunities in order to minimize the negative economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to find innovative ways of doing business. We call on the public to continue to support these small businesses by browsing and shopping in the Cape Town online marketplace. ”

The city specifies that the platform only hosts products made locally.

For more information on the Cape Town online market, contact the informal business call center on 021 400 3131 and select option six.