Rehoboth launches open market

06 December 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

Rehoboth has launched its first ever open market, which is expected to boost the town’s domestic economy and reduce unemployment rates drastically.

The market – which has been in the pipeline for years now - was officially launched by deputy minister of urban and rural development, Nathalia Goagoses.

/Goagoses had until her appointment as deputy minister in 2020 served as the ministerial envoy to the town to oversee its operations after its then council was suspended over maladministration.

During this time, she spearheaded a financial clean-up operation and pushed for economic reforms including the return of the now run-down Reho Spa as well as the establishment of the open market, amongst other things.

The launch was preceded by the establishment of a street vending committee in 2018, which investigated solutions for street vendors and the feasibility of an open market.

Protected

The new open market has 20 stalls that will be rented out at a N$250 monthly fee and will be open between 08h00 and 17h00 on a daily basis.

“I am very much pleased that this market provides a lot of benefits to the occupants, including allowing the street vendors to sell their products and services at a centralised point.

“It will protect them from bad weather conditions, minimise the danger of motor vehicle accidents, and allow them to adhere to Covid-19 regulations such social distancing and sanitising their business area. It will also keep them safe from criminals,” /Goagoses said.

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