Vendors pay tribute to Dr. Hage Geingob

Vendors in the capital have expressed sorrow and sadness over the death of Dr. Hage Geingob.

Vendors at Okuryangava Stop and Shop said, with the late President's administration, they have not experienced having their products confiscated by authorities for operating in the streets.

Such incidents, they say, were always solved amicably in order for them to continue making ends meet.

nbc reporter Hendrina Kanyolo took to the streets to find out from the business community how the late president's death has affected them.

Kalkfeld Business Park yet to be fully occupied

The first-ever Kalkfeld Business Park is yet to be fully occupied by businesses and vendors.

The park was constructed in 2012 at a cost of N$14 million.

Over the years, challenges facing the market occupation have been blamed on the high rental fees.

Otjozondjupa Regional Council chairperson and Otjiwarongo Constituency councillor, Marlene Mbakera, says they are in talks to have the fees reduced.

Vendor express mixed feelings at just-ended Rundu Beach Festival

Vendors who operated stalls at the just-ended Rundu Beach Festival expressed mixed feelings about the event.

Some say their businesses fared relatively well; others say they made a loss.

The Rundu Beach Festival attracted numerous vendors, most of whom offered food and beverages.

The festival lasted 35 days, offering opportunities to visitors and residents alike to support local businesses. 

It was a lively affair, as people of all ages enjoyed Rundu's laid-back atmosphere.

Vendors in Tsumeb refuse to move to new market

Tsumeb vendors say they will not move to the newly constructed fruit and vegetable hub as it does not meet their requirements.

The Tsumeb Open Market was officially opened by Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni about two months ago.

When the Urban and Rural Development Minister was officially opening the market on August 6th, this year, vendors could be heard chitchatting about their dissatisfaction with the newly constructed market.

Vendors travel from various regions to sell to Queen Mary 2 tourists

More than 15 art and craft vendors travelled to Walvis Bay from Kunene, Otjozondjupa, northern and Kavango regions to sell their products to tourists on the Queen Mary 2 passenger vessel.

The art and craft vendors are mostly women who support their families through the sale of souvenirs to tourists.

Rita Kaveto who is originally from Kavango East Region but sells her products at Okahandja told nbc News that the arrival of vessels supports their businesses sometimes.

Omuthiya Open Market vendors disappointed at the market's deplorable state

Vendors operating at the Omuthiya Open Market say they are disappointed with the town council for allowing the market to be in a deplorable state.

This market, located in the Capital of Oshikoto is popular with locals and travelers for selling delicacies, among them this braaied pigeon.

But what lurks in the background of this busy market and just a stone's throw away are these deserted open market stalls.

They have now been turned into accommodation facilities by homeless people. 

Food is prepared in an open unhygienic area.

COVID-19 effects cause vendors to relocate regions

Vendors running their informal businesses along the Hosea Kutako Drive in the Northern Industrial Area in Windhoek have moved to this location from Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, where the impact of COVID-19 devastated their enterprises.

The pandemic has been a nightmare for these small businesses that sell second-hand products, and many are struggling to stay afloat, while others have gone under. 

They have chosen this stretch along the busy road in the northern industrial area because they are determined to make a living and feed their families.