Oranjemund to open first market
02 January 2019 | Local News
This follows years of isolation from the rest of Namibia when the town was cordoned off, making it accessible only by permit.
Since having been proclaimed a local authority, the council is making an effort to develop the town's economy.
One of its initiatives is the establishment of a trading space known as the Hub Market.
“We are very pleased to announce that the Hub Market will open its doors at the beginning of February 2019.The Hub Market will be a community space where local vendors can sell their crafts and freshly made goods on a daily basis to local people and visitors alike,” the town council said in a newsletter.
The market will offer stalls that can be rented for a small daily fee that covers basic maintenance and the use of power and water. The Hub Market will also have a play area for children.
“The water-wise garden and beautifully designed benches will provide the perfect backdrop to relax, unwind or catch up with the latest gossip. Braai facilities and a communal fire-pit area will also be available for hire to provide the perfect atmosphere for informal evening gatherings,” it said.
The construction of this facility has been made possible by a grant from the US Ambassador's Self-Help Fund. The official opening will be on 8 February 2019. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to our home and trust that the Hub Market will provide a focal point for future community activities,” the town council said. The council called on residents to submit ideas for murals depicting Oranjemund. “During January we will launch a community-wide competition for individuals or groups to submit their ideas for drawings, images and sketches representative of Oranjemund to be painted as murals on the walls at the east end of the market site (adult mural) and the west wall of the Hub building (children's mural),” the statement read.