Swakopmund launches street vendors’ market

19 Sep 2019 18:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The Swakopmund Municipality on Thursday launched the Mondesa Pilot Hawkers’ market as well as a training workshop on safe food practices and personal hygiene for vendors.
The two activities, which were launched by Swakopmund Mayor, Paulina Nashilundo along Mandume Ndemufayo Street in Mondesa, are aimed at improving hygienic conditions for the sale of street food.
The new market now consists of mounted wooden structures, donated by Swakop Uranium, from which the vendors can sell their products.
According to Nashilundo, the current practice, which entails placing and selling food products from the pavement, has raised concerns regarding safety and gives rise to various health risks, including the Hepatitis E virus.
“Through this initiative, council foresees the improvement in quality of products sold in the informal sectors, which will result in clean, healthy and affordable products being sold to the residents. Council further envisages creating facilities that can provide a safer environment for the display of these products,” Nashilundo noted.
She added that informal food business contributes to food security by providing small quantities of affordable food products at convenient locations for consumers who cannot afford to buy food products at formal businesses.
“It also provides employment and income to low-income households as well as brings food nearer to residential areas furthest from the centre of town,” she said.