Markets in the 031: Durban North market makes strides since start of pandemic

MARKETS are the lifeblood of every community as they provide a space to connect people and businesses.

From locally grown foods to jewellery, to clothing to handmade goods and crafts, every market has something unique on offer for those supporting local businesses.

Once a month, Berea Mail, Highway Mail and Northglen News will be promoting markets in their area as a way of showcasing some of these markets and showing how you can support your community by buying local.

Market 031

When: The last Friday of every month, starting at 17:00.
Where: Crusaders’ Sports Grounds, 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North.
How to get in touch: Email durbanmarket031@gmail.com or follow the market on Instagram under the handle, @market031.

The market, hosted at Crusaders’ Sports Grounds on the last Friday of every month, has gone from 35 vendors to now more than 80 vendors per month.

“Both my husband, Andrew, and I saw a gap in the market (so to speak) and wanted to do something awesome for the community. We are both members of the Crusaders Hockey Club, and we felt there was no better space suited than our club grounds. A big part of us starting Market 031 was to create a lovely environment for families and children.

Newton Kupfuma uses beads to create his works of art.

“The goal was always to grow our footprint and to be the main Durban market. We are blessed with a variety of vendors; whether it be plants, handcrafted items, collectables or food, we have every gap covered. We wanted vendors who are unique and original and items that are locally made. We even have a food court and a live musical performance at the clubhouse. We are really well supported by the Durban community, and we’ve had great feedback from the vendors and visitors,” Manson explained.

She added that there is also something for youngsters with a jungle gym, jumping castle and balloon modelling all part of the market.