CoW to educate public on business fitness registration

10 Aug 2015 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW)'s Division of Health Services is embarking on a Business Registration Compliance Project to inform and educate the public on the importance of registering a business with the local authority, as well as the consequences of operating illegally.
In statement issued to Nampa on Friday, CoW Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya said the project includes a six-day campaign to inculcate a culture of compliance with regulations relating to the Registration of Business (GN 202 of 2006), General Health Regulations (GN 121 of 14 October 1969) as amended and other relevant National and Local Authority legislative requirements.
Amutenya said the main objectives of the campaign are to raise and educate the business community and the general public on the importance of registering and renewing their registration with CoW as stipulated in the applicable law.
Another objective is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the business community and the general public on the business registration procedure and guidelines.
“The campaign further aimes to create awareness on business operating without valid Certificate of Fitness/Registration,” she said.
The project started on 05 August and expected to complete on 27 August 2015.
CoW's spokesperson, Joshua Amukugo told members of the media recently that about 70 per cent of Windhoek businesses are operating without valid fitness certificates that are obtained from the municipality offices.
More than 16 000 businesses registered in Windhoek and about only 5 800 are operating with valid fitness certificates.