The standoff between Gugulethu's new R350million shopping mall's developers and the owners of a small butchery on the site was finally resolved in the Cape high court yesterday.
By late yesterday lawyers for Thandiswa Kama and Nolu thando Koyana, the owners of SS Skhoma Butchery, and mall developers West Side Trading were "set to sign a deal" granting the small traders space in the mall.
The butchery is the last remaining small business on the mall site. Former tenants in the previous Eyona Shopping Centre, which was bulldozed to make way for the mall, moved out long ago.
The settlement is likely to include a 5percent share in the mall for all Eyona tenants, something the small businesses have been struggling to get from the mall developers.
Earlier in the day in the Cape high court, Kama and Koyana had applied for an interdict to stop West Side Trading, which includes trade union investment company Unity, Old Mutual and prominent Gugulethu businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzele, from continuing construction around their business.
West Side Trading then countered by applying for an eviction order against the sisters' butchery, a Gugulethu landmark for 24 years.