Keetmanshoop vendors want new venue for street market

03 Feb 2019 13:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – Vendors at the Keetmanshoop Municipality street market urged the municipality to consider changing the venue and do more marketing of the event, so as to attract more clients.
An initiative of the Keetmanshoop municipality, the street market is a platform for local business owners and the youth to gain exposure, generate sales and grow their businesses.
It operates in Jooste Street, behind the municipality offices and NamPost in town.
Speaking to Nampa recently, one of the vendors, Mauno Ambambi, who sells clothing and cleaning materials, suggested that the street market be moved to a place where there are a lot of people and movement.
“This is a good initiative that the municipality has provided for us unlike the shows and trade fair, this will give us frequent income and exposure. They must just consider another place or venue as this one is not ideal,” he said.
He added that the municipality should market the event throughout the month through television and radio in order for the community to be aware of it.
“People must know what is happening here, we are just seeing people passing by looking, they are not aware of the street market,” he stressed.
Another vendor proposed that the municipality should move the street market to the mall or opposite the mall as that could be an ideal location because many people do their shopping there.
Yolande McCallum, an owner of a kiosk, commended the municipality for the opportunity it has granted to them to expose their businesses and generate more income.
“This can help my business to be known by many and will surely boost my income,” she said.
Keetmanshoop Municipality Public relations officer, Dawn Kruger said the municipality will consider changing the venue.
“Overall it was a success, obviously we are just starting and we will work on the complaints and concerns raised by the vendors to improve the event. It is their event,” she continued.
With regard to marketing the event, Kruger said the municipality has done so through the radio and posters but maybe the time frame in which it was done was short.
She however assured the vendors they will work on that.
Stall categories include but are not limited to arts, crafts, food, beverages (non-alcohol), retail up-cycled goods, tourism and hospitality.
An amount of N.dollars 50 is paid by those who wish to participate in the street market which has kicked off on 31 January and will be held on the last day of each month, until November this year.