08 Nov 2017 06:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) The Herero Mall in Katutura will, towards the end of November, get toilets as part of an upgrade of the facility by the City of Windhoek in conjunction with the Herero Mall Development Committee (HMDC).
HMDC Chairperson, Runaa Tjikuzu told Nampa on Tuesday the sewage system for the six toilets has already been completed.
The toilets and a fence around the famous Herero Mall trading area are expected to be completed by the end of November.
We wanted to fence off the mall already with the money we collect from the people trading here, but the City of Windhoek refused, Tjikuzu said.
He however maintained that the agreement between the HMDC and City regarding the way the HMDC wants the mall to be constructed is continuing.
The City, according to Tjikuzu, wanted to only accommodate a few restaurants while the committee wished to accommodate all the traders who trade there.
Tjikuzu told Nampa there are motor mechanics, welders, hairdressers, car wash businesses, bars and restaurants at the Herero Mall and that the committees suggestion to the City to accommodate all the traders stems from the fact that the enterprises operating there complement each other each in terms of financial support.
While someone is waiting for their car to be washed or hair to be cut, they buy something to eat or drink, the chairperson explained, adding that they however agreed to lessen the bars at the mall.
There are about 76 people trading at the mall at the moment.
Municipal councillor, Joseph Kauandenge in a recent radio interview raised concern about the state of sanitation in the trading area, while also pointing out the need for lights to be erected to avert crime.
He urged the traders and public to keep the new toilets in good condition once completed.
We should also help the municipality in such a way that they dont use the money for the same activity over and over again by not maintaining what they build for us, Kauandenge said.