Flower power: How Cape Town’s famous flower sellers provide for themselves, their families and the city

Flower power: How Cape Town’s famous flower sellers provide for themselves, their families and the city

The Adderley Street flower market in Cape Town is one of the city’s longest and most endearing features. Flower sellers have been a staple in the area for more than a 130 years.

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The flower market is as much a part of Cape Town as Table Mountain. The market is a favourite stopping place for Capetonians and tourists alike.

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The wonderful men and women who sell the stunning assortment of flowers are as much a part of the experience as the flowers. They contribute to the local economy and add to Cape Town’s tourist appeal.

Briefly.co.za discovered that these men and women use the money they earn to provide for their children and many have put their children through university or college in the hope of providing them with a better future.

The flower sellers don’t beg and make an honest living in addition to providing an invaluable service to the City of Cape Town. The impact they have on the economy should not be underestimated.

Amina Naidoo is a 64-year old flower seller who says her family have been selling flowers for four generations. Amina says her great-grandmother sold flowers at the market and the tradition stuck, she says her daughter will eventually take over the family business.

Simon Jafta has been selling flowers since he was a little boy, today he is 55-years old and says he still enjoys coming to work every day. Simon has two children who went to and graduated from college, today they work in the motor industry and are making a success of their lives.

The flower market is open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 am to 8 pm.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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