City of Windhoek officials say regulating informal traders a challenge

City of Windhoek officials say regulating informal traders a challenge

The City of Windhoek (CoW) says controlling the roaming traders in the informal business sector is a serious challenge.
Speaking at the COVID-19 Communication Centre, Abraham Kanime, Chief of City Police, said regulating this sector has become more challenging especially during the period of the Coronavirus.
The strategic executive for economic development and community services, Fillemon Hambuda, noted that while all informal traders are expected to register and obtain permits from the city, most roaming traders operate illegally and operate anywhere they want to.
Such traders are expected to provide information on the hygiene of areas of their operation.
Hambuda, however, stressed such permits does not give the right to the traders to operate everywhere in the city.
He further indicated that the city has met with various constituency councillors to identify areas where to put up markets when funds become available.
On her part, the city's manager for health and environment, Mary-Anne Kahitu said its a challenge to monitor roaming traders but stressed that they resolve to educate and train them.
At the same event, City Police Abraham Kanime said his members are doing all they could to enforce compliance on COVID-19 measures.