Swakopmund launches street vendors’ market

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, which were launched by the town's Mayor Paulina Nashilundo along the Mandume Ndemufayo Street in Mondesa, are with the purpose to improve 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 the mayor, 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 further 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 expressed that the sector has expanded and has become a cherished part of local culture, and even become a valuable tourist resource.

One of the vendors, Loide Mbura, on behalf of the vendors, expressed gratitude towards the initiative and explained that since the introduction of the structures, tourists have given positive impressions and responses with their products.

Source: Namibia Press Agency