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Sunday, July 10, 2016


 (Clive Read at the protest march. Pic by Beverley Sigamoney)
Veteran Durban cameraman Clive Read will screen his documentary, We Came in Spring Carts, about the conflict between traders of Durban’s Early Morning Market and the Durban City Council over the proposed development of a mall on the site of the Market, at the Market on July 12 at 14h00 in the presence of the traders.

In early 2009 Durban was frantically preparing to host some of the major FIFA World Cup soccer games to be held the following year. The Early Morning Market’s days were numbered. A private developer, together with the Durban City Council, proposed to build a modern shopping mall on the market site. An estimated 5,000 people directly or indirectly employed by the market would lose their jobs.

With the FIFA deadline looming, the City Manager together with the 2010 Programme Head decreed that the market be demolished to make way for an upmarket shopping mall with the usual major commercial tenants as well as a taxi rank. This had to be completed before the games commenced. A vague promise of relocating the market traders to a new site was met with fierce resistance from the stallholders.

Read explains: “After South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 soccer world cup, the country pulled out all the stops to impress FIFA and their worldwide audience. When traders at Durban’s one hundred year-old fresh produce market were told they had to make way for a new development tied to the event, they stood their ground. The Council fought back with lockouts, rubber bullets and intimidation. We came in Spring Carts documents the trials and tribulations of these humble people to where they are today,” “In early 2009 investigative journalist Beverley Sigamoney convinced me to join her in documenting the unfolding crisis at The Early Morning Market.”

Black Coffee productions are kindly sponsoring the screen, audio and projector. Entry is free and all are welcome! For more information contact Clive Read on or 082 570 5364

We Came in Spring Carts can be seen at the Market on July 12 at 14h00.
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