Luanda — The measures adopted implemented in the year 2012, by the Provincial Government of Luanda, aimed at fighting illegal hawking in some zones have been helping to improve the city's image and basic sanitation.
As of late, it is noticeable the presence of supervisors of the Provincial Government in several spots of the city that previously were illegal markets, patrolling the areas and giving advices to vendors about the appropriate places for them to carry out their activity.
Until recently, the main streets and avenues of Luanda City were crowded with hawkers, thus transforming many areas into a big open-air market, causing many setbacks to dwellers, passers-by and car drivers.
This attitude causes many harmful effects on society, such as rubbish, illnesses, degradation of infrastructures, to name a few, which taint the image of the capital city and have a bad effect on the health of the citizens.
Although much has still to be done to put an end to this situation, one needs to recognise that the measures of the Provincial Government have definitely brought about significant improvements to the city, mainly in zones like Congolenses, Prenda viaduct, Samba and Viana.
The city of Luanda was founded on 25 January 1576, by the Portuguese navigator and explorer Paulo Dias de Novais.