Ongwediva trade fair centre reopens

Due to the low number of Covid-19 cases in the region, the Ongwediva trade fair centre will no longer be used as a temporary hospital.

12 November 2020 | Local News



The Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre in the Oshana Region resumed operations on the first day of this month after close to seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The centre was set up as a temporary hospital in April.

Ongwediva council spokesperson Jackson Muma on Tuesday said due to the low number of cases recorded, the Oshana Covid-19 task team decided to stop using the centre. All patients will now be treated at the Oshakati State Hospital.

“As from 1 November 2020, the centre has opened its doors to meetings, conferences, weddings and events. Anyone who wishes to utilise it is free to make a booking and experience the best it has to offer. However, regulations pertaining to the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 must be adhered to,” Muma said.

Trade fair

He also announced that preparations for the 20th Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), slated for 20 to 28 August 2021, have started.

He said stakeholder engagements were underway to comply with government health regulations.

“We are expecting a new exciting exhibition programme which is lined up to celebrate a truly magnificent 21st anniversary of exhibition excellency in absence of the 2020 one. Details of the 2021 OATF will be announced at an appropriate time,” Muma said.

Garage sale

Meanwhile, Rebekka Hidulika, chairperson of the Ongwediva Trade Fair Society, announced that a garage sale will be held at the trade fair centre on 21 November. The deadline for applications is 19 November.

She said people can sell anything as long as they declare their products and pay a N$50 registration fee.

“This has been a tough year. The sale will allow us to declutter our homes and round off the year in fun,” she said.

For now, those living in and around Ongwediva can approach the town council to use its facilities. The centre has a conference hall, four event and exhibition halls, a restaurant, offices for rent and kiosks.

A vast open space can also be used for outdoor events and parking.

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