Cape Town Market was the Platinum Sponsor of the All Fresh Conference held in Cape Town on 17th and 18th September 2007. Following on from the successful sponsorship of the 2006 All Fresh Conference Cape Town Market adopted a similar theme and provided the delegates with entertainment at the opening ceremony and at the gala dinner by courtesy of David Kramer and the late Taliep Peterson.
The Premier of the Western Cape, Honourable Ebrahim Rasool, opened the conference.
Cape Town Market was a sponsor of the Potato SA Conference held at Somerset West on 19th September 2007. The conference was attended by many potato producers from all over the Republic and saw the launch of the new Potato SA logo. During the gala dinner Cape Town Market provided an evening of fun and entertainment with the appearance of the Cape Town Market Hawker Boys andslide guitarist Hannes Coetzee. Hannes Coetzee is a guitarist from the Karooregion in South Africa. Born in 1944 he is mainly known for his unique playing technique using a spoon in his mouth to play slide guitar. This playing technique is called optel and knyp. Coetzee reached a broader audience when David Kramer‘s documentary Karoo Kitaar Blues was released in 2003.
In September 2006 consortium of producers and growers associations have concluded an agreement with Cape Fresh International, the owners of the Cape Town Market, under which the consortium will purchase 26% of the equity and voting rights in the Cape Town Market
Under the terms of the agreement the consortium, which comprises Du Toit Vrugte, Lebombo, Philippi Farmers Association, Potato South Africa, Tomato Growers Association, Wilde Klaver and ZZ2, will appoint two non-executive directors to the Board of the Cape Town Market and will be represented on the various committees of the Board
Cape Fresh International and the consortium will collectively develop and manage the Cape Town Market as a commission market where the pivotal role of the Market Agent continues to be recognized and entrenched. The Cape Town Market has committed itself to the Producers Charter which mandates that the market be developed, managed and coordinated to ensure that price formation based on free market principles be maintained and developed to the benefit of producers and consumers alike
Cape Fresh International will retain its BEE status and all shareholders remain committed to the provision of opportunity for the historically disadvantaged citizens of Cape Town
Announcing the agreement, Philé Van Zyl, spokes person for the consortium, said
“The national fresh produce markets are controlled by the local authorities. It is long overdue for these institutions to become privately owned and commercially managed”
Rob Lowe, CEO of the Cape Town Market, said
“This agreement is an extremely important step in the complete transformation of the Cape Town Market. Our objective is to restore the market as an attractive route to market for our producer customers. I look forward to the wisdom and guidance that our new shareholders will provide and I am very excited that we are the first major market to have given the opportunity of ownership to our clients”