Oshakati Open Market construction deadline extended

11 Jun 2014 13:00pm
OSHAKATI, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – The deadline for the construction of Oshakati’s new open market that was supposed to be completed at the end of this month, has been extended to the end of September this year.
The town’s corporate communications officer Jackson Muma announced this at a media briefing at Oshakati on Tuesday.
“Initially the open market was set to be completed in June 2014. However, due to an increase in the volume of work; the practical completion date is rescheduled to the end of September 2014,” he said.
Among others, Muma said, the completion date has been affected by some of the vital equipment which the council ordered from overseas such as a lift for the observation tower which is being manufactured in Germany.
“As such, council would like to appeal to the public, particularly to the open market vendors who are at this moment looking forward to enter the new state-of-the-art Oshakati Open Market, to bear with us and exercise patience in this regard,” he said.
Since the extension has fallen within the new financial year, Muma indicated that the council has budgeted an additional N.dollars 12 million for the construction during the 2014/15 financial year.
This means the construction will cost more than N.dollars 80 million in total, and not the initial N.dollars 70 million budgeted for.
“This money includes construction costs and professional fees such as for the architect, mechanical, electrical, civil engineer and quantity surveyor,” Muma explained.
He noted that the construction of the open market is one of major projects the council has been involved in since 2009/10.
The purpose of the open market is to promote entrepreneurship and allow vendors to conduct business in a unified and conducive environment.
“The open market will boost the local economy as the existing and prospective business people are expected to take up this golden opportunity of conducting business in this facility for their businesses to flourish,” Muma said.
The construction of the open market was divided into three phases and currently, it is in the final phase.
The market has been designed to accommodate components such as an administrative office, craft market and information kiosk, a 40 metre high observation tower, a braai and raw meat market, fresh vegetable market, retail stores and cold storage rooms.
Other components are a public meeting hall, seasonal food market, children’s playground, public toilets, car wash, lockable parking and space for second hand car dealers.
“A long and short distance bus terminal is also one of the features of the open market,” Muma pointed out, adding that the terminal is a much-needed facility to ensure that commuters can access public transport in an orderly manner.
The new open market will also be provided with public parking. The existing open market accommodates about 300 vendors compared to a more than 400-vendor capacity of the new open market.