KEETMANSHOOP, 24 NOV (NAMPA) -
The Keetmanshoop Municipality on Monday warned that residents dumping waste illegally could face hefty fines. Manager for Community and Economic affairs, Jegg Christiaan said any household found dumping waste anywhere around Keetmanshoop will be fined N.dollars 2 000.
He said the illegal dumping of waste has reached extreme proportions with waste dumped on a daily basis all over town. "It means we have to divert funds and resources to conduct additional cleaning operations outside the weekly removals of household and business waste," he said.
Municipality Health Inspector, Rudo-Whan Benade told Nampa that most commonly dumped waste include building rubble; garden refuse; plastic bags and containers; bottles; dead animals; used toilet paper and other dirty household litter. He said unwanted waste has become a regular feature of the Keetmanshoop landscape.
"It seems people just don't care anymore. Scenic pollution is a real concern here," he said adding the waste is likely to contaminate underground water when it rains.
"Community and school clean-up campaigns have become political these days, so we ask people to simply take care of their immediate living environment," Benade said.
On last week Friday, staff at hospitals countrywide launched clean-up campaigns at all health facilities after a call from Health and Social Services Minister, Bernhard Haufiku.