16 May 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) The Windhoek Municipality plans to upgrade Herero Mall in Katutura, but cannot say when as the starting date will be determined by the availability of funds.
Seventy-six businesses, among others shebeens, barber shops and mechanics operate from Herero Mall. The businesses operate from corrugated iron structures as there are no formal buildings.
Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua told Nampa last week the municipality is looking into how they can fund the upgrade.
We cant say when, but it is an open secret that there is a global economic crisis which the municipality is not immune to. But as soon as our financial situation becomes favourable, there is no doubt that the upgrade will start, Kazapua said.
Windhoek Municipality councillor, Joseph Kauandenge spoke about the plans to improve the market at a meeting at the Ovaherero Commando Hall some two weeks ago.
He was giving the community feedback on what has transpired in council since he was sworn in as councillor representing the National Unity Democratic Organisation in December 2015.
The councillor said water and sanitation should be a priority as currently, there are no toilets at Herero Mall, which leads to poor hygiene.
A City of Windhoek employee who spoke to this news agency on condition of anonymity said there is an urgent need for a revamp of the market, saying traders have been operating there for years.
Spokesperson for the traders at Herero Mall, Runaa Tjikuzu confirmed to this news agency on Friday that negotiations with the CoW in this regard are ongoing and have proven to be fruitful.
With regards to the current state of the market, Tjikuzu said they have offered to fence off the land at own cost, but the CoW has promised to meet them halfway.
After fencing, we plan to build toilets, Tjikuzu said.
Herero Mall is in Clemence Kapuuo Street behind the Ovaherero Commando Hall, the Oruuano Church and the Ovaherero Traditional Authority house in Katutura.