THE Ondangwa Town Council is constructing a new open market to a total cost of N$ 15 million to address high demand for more informal business stalls.
The Town Chief Executive Officer Ismeal Namgongo disclosed the plans and said the new open market development will done in two phase. He said each phase will cost N$ 7.5 million to construct.
The town already has two open market facilities at Ondjondjo and the ABC areas.
Namgongo said there is no more space at the existing open markets facilities to accommodate additional informal traders that are looking for space.
“Because of high demand if you come to the open market on Monday and Friday, it’s always full to the capacity with some people even trading outside,” he said.
The construction of the first phase already started in January this year and will be paid from the budget of the 2018/19 financial year, while the second phase will start in October and will resort under the 2019/20 financial year.
“We get more people from nearby villages resulting in high demand, but due to insufficient space we are only able to accommodate them on Mondays and Fridays,” Namgongo said.
Once upon completion the new open market will cater for 60 informal traders, ranging from food stalls to beauty stalls. It will also include an eating area and a kamala zone to ensure that meat is prepared in a clean environment.