By Phiwa Sikhondze
The Mayor of Manzini, Her Worship Councillor Nozipho Dlamini-Gamedze, has urged businesses in the city to operate 24 hours from the year 2024 and onwards.
The Mayor made this call during her speech at the City of Manzini’s 2023 Christmas Carols and Night Market, which was held on Friday, December 15, 2023, at Louw Street.
The Mayor said that the future Manzini city that she envisioned was a 24-hour vibrant city. She encouraged more shops to operate 24 hours from the year 2024 onwards.
“The future Manzini city that we envision is a 24-hour vibrant city. We, therefore, commend and appreciate all shops that are still open. We encourage more and more shops to operate 24 hours from the year 2024 onwards,” the Mayor said.
The Mayor highlighted that extending the flea market to the evening was not a mere coincidence, but a sign of the future vision of the city. She said that they are working on introducing night markets in the city, as part of its recovery from the effects of COVID-19 and economically empower the nation.
“As we recover from the drastic effects of COVID-19; we constantly need to innovate and open as many avenues as possible to economically and socially empower our citizens,” she said.
The Mayor said that the 24/7 operation of businesses in Manzini would make the city more attractive and competitive, and contribute to the growth and development of the country.