You can speed up the ripening of a pineapple by standing it upside down on it’s leafy end.
A banana will ripen quickly overnight if you put it into a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato.
Eating an apple, potent in natural sugar, is more reliable than drinking a cup of coffee as a method of staying awake.
Never mix oranges and bananas in your fruit bowl
For more than a decade, Harry Norman has been selling bananas produced by Lebombo Growers at the Cape Town Market. Working with bananas throughout his career as a market agent, Harry has been dedicated to his producers and buyers in ensuring they receive the best possible service.
At an award ceremony held in Cape Town, Lebombo Growers honoured Harry when he received the “Market Agent of the Decade Award 2001 – 2011” from the CEO of Lebombo, Corne Bouwer, on behalf of its board of directors. The award was an acknowledgement of Harry’s long and successful relationship with Lebombo Growers and for the consistent growth for the brand that Fine Brothers has achieved for Lebombo Growers in the Western Cape.
The Cape Town Market salutes Harry for achieving this prestigious award.
RSA Market Agency has officially opened their doors at the Cape Town Market as of 1 March 2011.
RSA Market Agency has been a Fresh Produce Market Agency for close to 26 years and was initially only based in Johannesburg. They have expanded their brand to various parts of the country, and have now found the perfect residence at the Cape Town Market.
It has always been a dream of the late Mike Loutfie, founder of RSA Market Agency and Mr. Abduraghman “Maine” Daniels to launch a branch in Cape Town and this has indeed become a reality.
Mr. Daniels, Managing Director of RSA Market, Cape Town branch has been in the fresh produce industry for over 30 years and has extensive knowledge of the industry. Their large database of countrywide producers will give buyers a wide range of top quality produce at the Cape Town Market.
In the current climate of economic instability, it is refreshing to see partnerships evolve for the greater good of the Fresh Produce Industry.
The Cape Town Market has launched the first market agent’s contract, and service level agreement in the history of the fresh produce markets. Underpinned by our customer covenant the contract and SLA serves to provide a secure, transparent and business friendly environment in which producers and buyers feel welcome and confident.
The contract encapsulates the roles and responsibilities of the CTM and Market Agents. It aims to unify the expectations of the various stakeholder groups who make use of the CTM facility. The contract ensures conformity to the provisions of the Agricultural Agents Produce Council, the Agricultural Produce Agents Act, Act 12 of 1992 and the rules in respect of the Fresh Produce Agents, R1818 of 1983.
The SLA outlines the terms and conditions under which CTM and the market agents will collectively provide specified services to the producers of the fresh
produce industry and the buyers. The SLA provides a basis and framework for the delivery of high quality services, such as security, a clean trading environment, cold room facilities and stock control that meets the requirements of all the role players involved in the CTM. The services to be delivered by the CTM and agents will be monitored using the performance measurement criteria and penalties will be imposed on any shortcomings.
Through these agreements we will continue to strive to make this facility the first place of choice for the sale and purchase of fresh produce whilst we continue to maintain relationships with our stakeholders.
The Cape Town Market has recently installed a new closed circuit television system (CCTV) in an effort to improve the overall security on the market premises. This upgrade forms part of Cape Town Market’s ongoing commitment to upgrade the facility since purchasing the business from the City of Cape Town in 2004.
Whilst security at Cape Town Market has always been a number one priority, the new and improved camera system has strengthened the existing security team’s ability to monitor and prevent crime. The use of technology in combating crime is critical to the overall security strategy of the Cape Town Market. In addition to the new CCTV system, the estate is also monitored by security patrols on foot. If the CCTV operator spots any suspicious activity, the nearest security patrol is dispatched to investigate.
The camera system proved successful within its first week of operation, as it assisted the security team in apprehending two suspects.
On Thursday the 26th February 2009, Fine Bros (Pty) Ltd celebrated its 100th birthday on Cape Town Market. A glitzy gala dinner was hosted at the Cape Town market where 500 guests from a diversified background within the Fresh Produce Industry where in attendance.
The evening was a great success and Fine Bros are ready for the next 100 years of business. The guest speakers for the evening were Ian Lourens (Chairman of Lebombo Growers), John Holmes (Chief Operations officer of CTM), Dr Anwar Nagia (Chairman of CTM) and Quintus Visser (Entrepreneur and Family friend of the Norman family).
The evening was well orchestrated by the MC, Ryan O Connor from KFM, and he had the audience captivated with his well known charm and sense of humour.
The District Six Homecoming Festival is an annual 4 day festival organised by the Voice of the Cape.
In 2007 the festival was held at the Cape Town Market and due to the resounding success, the organisers approached Cape Market again in 2008 to host the festival. This became official on the 25th of October 2008, when the Chairman of the festival, Mr Achmat Sedick, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Cape Town Market’s Chairman, Dr Anwah Nagia.
This agreement gives the Voice of the Cape the rights to host the festival at Cape Town Market from the 30th of October until the 2nd of November 2008.
As part of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Voice of the Cape had to obtain authorisation from the City of Cape Town to host the event. The authorisation also included a noise exception as well as a temporary rezoning of Cape Town Market premises for the event.
The Festival Starts on Thursday 30th October 2008 and will be running until Sunday 2nd November 2008 and will cater for the whole family.
For more information on the Festival, including a guide, please see the Voice of the Cape website: