CATTLE and goat meat hanging on make-shift poles and other temporary structures is a sight to behold for those travelling through the Northern regions.
The road-side meat trade is a lucrative business formerly dominated by elderly men and women, but is now attracting an increasing number of unemployed youth.
The 38-year-old Mweshipopya Daniel is one of those who opted to employ themselves and in the process create employment for others.
Daniel said that as an unemployed school leaver he occasionally helped out in his uncle’s butchery where he gained basic skills in the hygiene and technicalities of slaughtering and meat handling before he decided to start his own informal butchery in 2013.
He now employs three other youths.
Daniel pointed out that his informal butchery in the Okakwa village is “strategically located” along the Ondangwa-Oshikango main road to increase the number of his potential customers.
He buys and slaughters cattle and sells raw and cooked meat.
He said that he slaughters two to four head of cattle per week, but pointed out that the influx of customers is influenced by external factors such as the payout of old age grants and workers’ paydays.
“Our business reaches the highest point on paydays,” he said.
Beside selling raw and cooked meat, Daniel has diversified his business to include the sale of firewood, onions and tomatoes.
“There is no employment for all. Therefore, we are trying to make ends meet, but we need both encouragement and moral support from our leaders such as constituency councillors and community leaders,” he said.