David v Goliath as traders take on R1.3bn mall developers
Group of 29 hawkers dealt a blow in court battle over a dusty patch of earth that has raged for two years
A handful of informal traders in Mamelodi are digging in their heels as they prepare for the next step of their protracted legal battle with the developers of the R1.3bn Tshwane Regional Mall.
The epicentre of this war of attrition is a dusty patch of earth near the Denneboom train station, the site of vibrant informal trade for nearly six decades, as well as the location of the massive retail development.
Traders insist the developers, Isibonelo Property Services, failed to provide an alternative space for trade and thereby threatened the livelihood they drew from the streams of train commuters who passed their stalls...