Durban's Bangladesh Market, which is located in the suburb of Chatsworth provides a fascinating introduction to contemporary Indian way of life in Durban and is a nostalgic reminder of Durban's famous old Indian market of yesteryear.
The original Bangladesh market was established in the 1980’s born from the need to provide especially the senior citizens and pensioners of the Chatsworth area with fresh produce at prices they could afford. Market gardeners saw great potential in this market because they could trade directly to the public, there was no middle man, and so a partnership between the market gardeners and the pensioners was established. The market then moved to Chassie Village, and soon pockets of markets started springing up everywhere, in and around the area.The old apartheid municipality tried to get rid of these markets and so they were all moved to one premise, the current location of Bangladesh market.
The establishment of the market was an historical victory for the Senior Citizens of Chatsworth who overcame adversity by fighting for what was rightfully theirs. The Bangladesh Market today is a tribute to their heroic efforts and unwavering courage and strength, attributes which characterized the general nature of those who fought for freedom in the struggle against apartheid. The fact that the Bangladesh Market in Chatsworth, Durban is still a thriving and bustling centre of the community, is a triumph in itself. For more information on this fascinating experience please visit http://www.bangladeshmarket.co.za.