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Windhoek To Address Informal Trading Market Hygiene

Staff Writer

An ordinary council meeting on Wednesday has seen the City of Windhoek council agreeing to address the cleanliness of the informal trading market.

This was after Swapo councillor Queen Kamati tabled a motion on the hygiene of informal trading markets in Windhoek.

The motion highlighted the status of the informal trading market in Windhoek and proposed recommendations to mitigate challenges.

“I find it hard to ignore the woeful trading status and compromised hygiene levels of the existing informal trading markets in Windhoek,” said Kamati. She also expressed that she finds it to be appalling and inhumane.

“It is my strong belief that with the minimum funds at our disposal, with better and grassroots planning amongst others, addressing these informal trading challenges must remain an area that deserves much of our attention,” she said.

On the progress of the optic fibre monetisation project, councillors Sam Nujoma and Jurgen Hecht presented a progress report and way forward on the project.

The project aims to enable the council to operate more efficiently whilst simultaneously improving service offerings to citizens, businesses and investors through ease of online transactions and access to real-time, reliable data. The report highlighted the strategic importance of optic fibre monetisationand how the public will benefit from the project once implemented.

The report further clarified that the council did not approve the 5G project and that it is not procuring the 5G equipment nor entered into a memorandum of understanding. The councillorsin the report stated that CRAN had not awarded any spectrum licenses for deploying 5G to any of the operators in Namibia.

During the meeting, the council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the municipal council and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia.

The two will cooperate with urban agriculture and other local, social progression community projects, digital and inclusive citizen-centred smart city initiatives, economic and transformational development cooperation, solid waste and environmental management and renewable energy, amongst others.

Another meeting highlight was the council approving an application for consent to operate sporting activities on Erf 8350, Windhoek.

“Council approved an application by the Namibia Jukskei Board to operate sporting activities on Erf 8350, Windhoek, on condition that the illegal restaurant on the erf is closed down until after submitting a successful consent use application including public participation for a business building for restaurant purposes on Erf 8350.”

The erf is located in Olympia, along Jason Hamutenya NdadiStreet and currently accommodates the Jukskei Club, Cross Fit Wellness Centre and the Vintage Bar and Grill.

Furthermore, the council approved a request by VISET Namibia, which received funding from the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) via the American Embassy, to use the funds for the upgrading of the Onghendambala Market.

The upgrades are valued at N$643,266, and according to municipal drawings, the upgrades were approved as a donation to the City.

Staff Writer

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