SONA nips flower sellers' profits in the bud

"A flower vendor from Adderley Street. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Adderly Street flower sellers say they will lose a lot of money this Valentine’s Day as roads around the city will be closed for the opening of Parliament.

The city has advised the public of alternative routes in and out of the central business district from early Thursday afternoon.

Flower seller, Faldielah Gamieldien, says she usually sells more than double the amount of flowers on Valentine’s Day than she would on a normal day.

She says they are upset that they were not informed about the closures beforehand.

“It’s our biggest day to make sales. We’ve ordered stock already and now we don’t know what we are going to do with it.”

Couples use Valentine's Day to celebrate love by exchanging gifts.