Oshikango Open Market bursting at the seams

23 Nov 2017 10:10am
HELAO NAFIDI, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – The Helao Nafidi Town Council needs funds to add more stalls to its newly-established Oshikango Open Market to be able to accommodate more vendors, said the town’s mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Nghipangelwa said the new Oshikango Open Market has a capacity of 364 stalls but its tenants are already at 634, including vendors who are doing business in the open space.
“They include our brothers and sisters from Angola, who are also selling products from their country at the open market,” explained Nghipangelwa.
Vendors from Angola, he said, were initially not considered for stalls.
“However, the local vendors have requested the council to allow their Angolan counterparts to join them to boost trading activities at the market,” he stated.
This has then prompted the town council to consider the construction of more stalls to provide shelter for all the vendors who are currently operating in the open space.
The new market facility accommodates the vendors who were doing business at Oshikango’s Katwitwi informal settlement, which the council has closed for business recently.
President Hage Geingob on Saturday officially inaugurated the Oshikango Open Market as well as the Fire Station for Helao Nafidi.
“Our entrepreneurs in Helao Nafidi and surrounding areas have waited patiently for trading facilities of this nature,” Geingob told those present.
He said he wants to see the town leadership promoting a business friendly environment as entrepreneurship and business are pathways out of poverty.
The Helao Nafidi Town Council funded the construction of the market to the tune of more than N.dollars 5.7 million, while Government spent N.dollars 4.2 million on the fire station.