New urban market at Westridge Gardens

Strandfontein resident Mario Oostendurp, who is the founder of the Proudly Strandfontein civic organisation and organiser of the Mitchells Plain Urban Market.

Come next month, Westridge Gardens will be a hub of activity when the Mitchell’s Plain Urban Market (MPUM) launches.

The MPUM will include a range of creative products, items, food, entertainment and activities. It opens on Saturday November 4 and Strandfontein resident Mario Oostendurp, who is the founder of the Proudly Strandfontein civic organisation and organiser of the event, is encouraging residents to attend the weekly market.

Mr Oostendurp said this was a social enterprise which promoted innovation, sustainability and opportunity for the wider community.

He said the the aim was to host the market weekly, providing a platform for part-time employment and a display of local entrepreneurship.

“The trend of community markets has become a popular industry that has been growing rapidly over the past few years. MPUM aims to offer a decent selection of products, delicious foods at reasonable prices and entertainment which will make it worth the visit,’’ he said.

Excited about the market, Mr Oostendurp said it would include live entertainment, activities and bargains while enjoying the food and company.

“The MPUM aims to offer a decent selection of products at reasonable prices. The venue is ideally situated on a major transport route, with sufficient off street parking and easily accessible by public transport.

“There will be light entertainment by local buskers, street performers and musicians are invited to enhance the vibrancy of the market,” he said.

Mr Oostendurp is encouraging vendors to use the market as a business incubator to test their products and take their creations to a larger audience.

“The market aims to become a community social hub and a business incubator encouraging residents , especially our youth , to grow their entrepreneurial passions into a saleable service, skill or product.

“The Mitchell’s Plain Urban Market is being thought of from the outset as a social incubator and not simply a market. As far as possible we will not be replicating similar products, but rather a variety of good quality products. Many other localised products, services and attractions will be added to enhance future growth such as , mini golf, pony rides , skate jams, open mic sessions, live performances,’’ he said.

Mr Oostendurp recently launched the Made in Mitchell’s Plain Arts Crafts and Design Collective at Dagbreek hall in Westridge, in September.

The next craft event will take place at the hall on Saturday October 28.

He said thereafter the craft market will be a component of the MPUM, which will include general fleamarket stalls.

Mr Oostendurp encouraged people to attend the market: “The holiday season is fast approaching and we know that everyone is preparing to get unique, memorable presents and gifts. Treasure hunting at craft and urban markets might be the best place for you to find the best buys , while supporting local crafters and traders,’’ he said.

For more information contact Mario on 083 300 8389, on Whatsapp 060 507 0962 or email plainbydesign@gmail.com