Designated selling areas for makalani traders

SWAKOPMUND

06 July 2018 | Social Issues

Adolf Kaure

The Swakpmund town council will provide designated trading areas throughout the town for makalani traders to operate.

A large number of hawkers are trading on pavements in Mondesa and around town. Complaints were received regarding the conduct of makalani traders who allegedly harass, assault, intimidate and steal from their clients.

At a meeting with the Namibian police, makalani traders and the Swakopmund Tourism Forum it was agreed that unique reflective bibs with numbers will be issued to all makalani traders. They will also be registered with the health services department and issued with identification. It was further agreed that the registration would only take place after criminal record checks have been done.

The makalani traders expressed concerns that their business would be hampered if they were restricted to one area as they normally walk around looking for potential customers. They brought forward proposals to be allowed to trade at the aquarium, jetty, amphitheatre, Kavita Park and the Mole.

Previously makalani sellers were allowed to sell at Kavita Park and Palm Beach only. This was so because in that area they could be seen and controlled easily.

Council recommended that the makalani traders be allowed to operate at the aquarium, jetty, Kavita parking, old swimming pool area, Swakop info and at the stairs at Café Anton.

The town council’s general manager of health services also requested ten special field force members be made available to assist in patrolling the town. Traffic officers have also been directed to prevent members of the public from urinating in public and to issue fines accordingly.

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