Ongwediva business survey will help avoid needless businesses: Residents

02 Oct 2017 19:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - Ongwediva residents have welcomed the town’s Business Survey, saying that it will be a great step in ensuring that no unnecessary businesses are set up.
The survey, the first of its kind in Ongwediva started Saturday and will be conducted by the Ongwediva Town Council’s Department of Economic Development and Community Services in collaboration with the Namibia Statistics Agency.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Hanover resident Monica Nhoni observed that a number of businesses were set up in the town, but closed down shortly after as there was not enough research done to figure out an appropriate market.
“Not all businesses are suitable in all towns because the market and town’s needs are not always the same so good research is needed before one sets up a business which will become a flop,” Nhoni said.
The survey is expected to run until 24 October this year.
Ongwediva Town Council Corporate Communications Officer Jackson Muma told this news agency last week the survey is aimed at determining the history, current and future state of the town with the input of the community.
“The comprehensive survey will reflect the ideas and opinions of Ongwediva residents and [business] owners,” Muma said.
Lukas Tuhadeleni, a resident of Prestige residential area, said there was a need for lighter entertainment (less alcohol) for the youth to counter the growth of alcohol serving places that keep increasing and this survey is just the right platform to give these views.
“We would like to see more spots similar to Bennies Entertainment Park, where both the young and old can just hang out and have a good time and not experience the violence, drug and alcohol abuse some bars have to offer,” Tuhadeleni suggested.
This survey will include randomly selected residents and property owners who are 18 years and older, who will be requested to respond to a number of questions including the types of businesses residents would like to have or set up, among others.