The Oshikango Open Market (Omatala), which was closed for business during stage one (lockdown) of the State of Emergency declared in the country in March on account of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will resume its activities on Monday.
Oshikango is a part of the Helao Nafidi Town in the Ohangwena Region, situated along the Namibia-Angola border.
Omatala is a venue where both Namibian and Angolan nationals conduct informal trading, the town’s chief executive officer, Inge Ipinge, recently told Nampa, adding that the provision of additional structures at Omatala’s outside trading site delayed the re-opening of the facility.
Ipinge indicated that Omatala now has the capacity to accommodate a total of 1 310 informal traders, including 802 of them trading mostly with vegetables inside the facility.
She noted that the council has now added 57 braai stands and 451 stands for those selling other items such as clothes.
“We started the cleaning and disinfection on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively,” Iipinge stated, adding that the council carried out the cleaning under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Ohangwena Governor, Walde Ndevashiya, on Wednesday conducted an inspection visit to Omatala to familiarise himself with the new structure before it opens on Monday.
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