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The Park St George's Park - Hawkers happy with Art in the Park decision.
Hawkers happy with Art in the Park decision.
Geoffrey Allen

Port Elizabeth's "fringe" hawkers, who have won a protracted battle to get permission to trade in St George's Park, were yesterday jubilant at their victory.

At the weekend Mr Carl Fischer, director of municipal administration, announced a backdown by the Eastern Province Society which has kept the hawkers out of the monthly Art in the Park market for almost two years.

Now the hawkers will be allowed to trade in the park instead of in Park Drive on the fringe of the main activity.

The Community Chest Director, Mr Harold Davidson, said yesterday he was delighted reason had prevailed.

Mr Dave Griffin, one of the main movers behind a hawkers delegation to Mr Davidson last week after traffic officers had issued warnings that hawkers would be fined if they traded in Park Drive, said: We are thrilled that we won.

"I want to thank the people of Port Elizabeth for supporting us."

He said the hawkers had given the Community Chest R130 from money taken at last Sunday's event.

Mr Davidson said: "I am pleased reason prevailed - there is enough room for everyone there.

"Many other cities have flea markets where all sorts of goods are available and Port Elizabeth should have one."

He said last year the hawkers had donated more than R400 to the Community Chest.

The row started because the Eastern Province Society of Fine Art, which was given municipal permission to run Art in the Park, banned the hawkers, claiming they were not genuine craftsmen but traders.

Mr Fischer said the municipality had to support the society, having put it in charge.

On Thursday a society meeting agreed to the backdown which was announced by Mr Fischer.

Eastern Province Herald.
June 12, 1990.

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