Swakopmund Night Market a resounding success
02 November 2021 | Tourism
Elizabeth Jegede; Exhibitor; “…at least now we could interact with our customers again.”
The much anticipated Swakopmund Night Market took place at the Tiger Reef Restaurant on Saturday, where 50 stalls served a variety of goodies along with entertainment on offer from 10:00 to 20:00.
Musicians like Janelle Botha performed as well as the Dance Factory, that kept the crowd entertained by showcasing hip hop and more.
The event was initially established as an initiative to support business people by providing them a platform to come together and network. It took place once a month before the arrival of Covid-19. Due to the pandemic and its associated safety concerns, the market was not hosted in 2020. The October market was the third for 2021, with the fourth set for 22 December 2021.
The market also provided some friendly fun for children with activities like face painting and jumping castles.
One of the exhibitors, Johann Viljoen who sold various sauces, said he created this particular product due to the unforeseen circumstances Covid-19 brought about. “My wife and I both lost our jobs due to Covid-19. We were employed in the tourism industry. We had to make a plan to make our part-time hobby a full-time job, so that we could generate an income.”
Another exhibitor, Elizabeth Jegede, said that she was excited to be a part of Swakopmund Night Market. “The turnout exceeded my expectations. Swakopmund Night Market is a great event for the unemployed who rely on selling products to generate an income. It brings us together and helps us by providing us with a platform to exhibit our products.” Jegede sold items such as Tupperware and handbags. “During the past months of the lockdown we could not have an event like this. Now at least we get to interact with our customers again.”
Event organizer Danien van Niekerk expressed her gratitude to participants for making the event a success. “Thank you to everyone who came to support all the exhibitors who made the effort to be here today.”