Dobha Phansi Flea Market Every Friday, Saturday at Manzini Trade Hub
As part of its contribution towards recovery of the economy following the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Municipal Council of Manzini has availed a trading opportunity for second hand clothing (popularly referred to as dobha phansi) at the Manzini Trade Hub. The flea market will be held every Friday and Saturday, beginning this week. The Manzini Trade Hub is located just below the Zakhele Remand Centre and is presently being utilized for handicraft trading every Wednesday and Thursday. This new development gives the customer an option to choose between buying at the Manzini Main Bus Rank second hand clothing site or the Manzini Trade Hub. Members of the public who are interested in selling second hand clothing at the Trade Hub are encouraged to register with the Municipality. Registration opens every Tuesday, 8am, at the Council offices. The payable fee is E40 for the two-day period. Due to space limitation, registration is on a first come, first served arrangement. The trade opportunity is meant to benefit unemployed citizens, therefore, those who are employed will not be permitted to trade. For one to register, they are required to bring their national identity card (National ID). Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Manzini Trade Hub and support the traders. One of the over 100 people who was found in the registration queue yesterday, Busi Dlamini, expressed appreciation to the Municipality for availing this opportunity.
“Indeed, Manzini is a caring Municipality. We are aware that the Trade Hub is a bit distant from the Main Bus Rank but we are determined to do everything possible to draw customers to the site. Business might be slow at first but, with time, it will surely pick-up. Some customers, especially motorists, will prefer to buy from the Trade Hub because there is no congestion and there is parking space availability”, she said.
The Municipality has as one of its strategic objectives the promotion of inclusive socio-economic development in the Manzini urban area by the year 2024.
…TOWNSHIP FLEA MARKET GOES TO NGWANE PARK THIS SATURDAY
The Municipal Council of Manzini will this Saturday host its second Township Flea Market within the Ok Foods parking lot in Ngwane Park this Saturday.
The flea market will commence at 10am and end at 5pm. Registration opened on Monday, 8am to 4:30pm, at the Municipality’s offices and closes tomorrow. It is free of charge. The trade opportunity is exclusive to Ngwane Park residents hence proof of residence is required at registration. Members of the public, from in and outside of Ngwane Park, are encouraged to visit the flea market and support the traders. The youth and persons with disability are also encouraged to make use of this opportunity.
…WORKING TOWARDS A CRIME FREE MANZINI CITY
One of the strategic objectives in the Municipal Council of Manzini’s 2019-2024 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is an improvement in public order, safety and security in the city. The Municipality strives to achieve the above-mentioned objective in many different ways; largely working together with the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS). One of the interventions is the engagement of a private security company to assist the REPS with patrol of the city against various forms of nuisances. The Municipality also facilitates establishment of neighbourhood watch programmes in the various communities. The Municipality also ensures that the city is lit during night time as it is common knowledge that criminal activity thrives in darkness. The Municipality also plays a major coordination role in the Manzini Crime Prevention Forum, which, amongst others, monitors and sensitize stakeholders on crime related issues. Recently, the Municipality partnered with Eyethu Sports and Arts Academy as well as the REPS towards actively working against crime in the city. Eyethu Sports and Arts Academy comprises youths from Fairview North and Murray Camp. This partnership was unveiled during a crime sensitization session which was hosted by REPS at Fairview last Saturday in partnership with the Municipality. Amongst others, the youth was given the challenge to come up with innovative ways to arrest issues of littering and stray animals in the townships; both of which are criminal offences.
…RISE IN ROBBERIES. BUSINESS SECTOR INVITED TO URGENT MEETING
Following an observed rise in robberies in the City of Manzini, the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS), Manzini Crime Prevention Forum and Manzini Municipality have organized an urgent meeting for discussions that will be centered around curbing this challenge. The business sector of the City of Manzini is, therefore, invited to the meeting which will be held tomorrow at the Manzini Library, starting at 9am. It is anticipated that the meeting will run not more than three hours.