SABC NEWS: The Bangladesh Market located in the sprawling township of Chatsworth, Durban is a nostalgic reminder of the city’s famous Indian market of yesteryear. According to SABC news reports the Chatsworth market may reopen under the level four lockdown, if all requirements as outlined by the Department of Informal Trade has been met.
The chairperson of the Bangladesh Market Association, Vic Pillay, says the organisation has been receiving numerous requests from the general public and traders for the market to be open to provide essential items. He says the daily patrons who shop at the market are finding it difficult to shop elsewhere as their finances do not allow them to shop at places that retail goods at a higher price. The original market was established in the 1980s with the aim of providing the locals with affordable fresh produce. Today, the market offers a colourful array of wares, including fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, chicken, spices, toiletries, plants, kitchenware, and clothing.
The association in consultation with the Department of Informal Trade are now calling on traders to indicate their willingness to trade at the market during the stage 4 lockdown.