City of Windhoek chief executive Robert Kahimise says they have set up a response team committee headed by city police chief Abraham Kanime. Kahimise says the municipality’s operations have been impacted by Covid-19.
The majority of employees providing essential services, and front line staff are provided with personal protective equipment. The municipality plans on opening cash halls for three days from Wednesday where residents can make payments.
Kahimise says they have no other option, because some people refuse to deposit money. The municipality has over 300 000 employees and receives a budget of N$4,3 billion. They are considering waiving the fee for traders in informal markets, who have to pay between N$50 and N$300 to occupy space.
Abraham Kanime, city police chief, says initially regulations were not followed in the informal settlements. He says the police are faced with this issue as well as with hungry residents. Some cannot earn money while staying at home.
He says taxi drivers are struggling to obey regulations prohibiting more than four passengers per vehicle. Kanime says the more taxi drivers move around, the more they are vulnerable to the virus. He urged them to only move if they have received a call from a customer.
The police chief says they have identified 10 vehicles with loud speakers to inform the public on directives. They are also making information available through leaflets and radio.
Strategic executive at CoW Fillemon Hambuda says markets at the hospital will not be opened, and the seven traders who operated there will be relocated to another market. He says the municipality hopes to open the Oshetu market tomorrow.
To make sure social distancing is complied with, they are planning to allow vendors to rotate to avoid crowds. Wanaheda, Okahandja Park and Soweto Park will be the next markets to open.
There are over 2 000 street vendors who are not registered with the municipality and Hambuda says they will be accommodated in 350 open spaces at the markets.