OSHAKATI: The Oshakati Town Council will embark upon special registration and issuing of fitness certificates to all businesses operating at the town as from Monday to Friday next week.
The town’s corporate communications officer, Jackson Muma, said this in a media statement here on Friday.
“Council has noticed that some businesspeople are conducting business in town without valid registration/fitness certificates, contrary to regulations related to business operations in town,” Muma stated.
According to him, the campaign will be done in accordance with the General Health Regulation, Act 121 of 14 October 1969, and also in line with the provision of Section 30 of the Local Authority Act 23 of 1993 as amended.
During the campaign, council will establish mobile registration centres to cater for all types of businesses operating in Oshakati.
These are the main Oshakati Open Market, Uupindi informal market, Tafel House market, Okandjengedi informal market, Waapandula Noyaka (behind Yetu Shopping Centre), and the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) industrial area.
Muma explained that payments for business registration and fitness certificates will depend on the size of each business.
The annual payments are N.dollars 80 for hawkers, N.dollars 350 for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), shebeens and bars, while medium businesses have to pay N.dollars 702 and large businesses N.dollars1 200.
Upon completion of the campaign, Muma said, council shall enforce controlling mechanisms to ensure that all businesses operating within the Oshakati Local Authority domain are registered as stipulated in the local authorities’ regulations.
“Therefore, council is urging all businesspeople trading in Oshakati without valid certificates, to use this special registration period as the last chance allocated by council to register their businesses to avoid legal actions to be instituted thereafter as highlighted in this communication,” Muma concluded.