Visitors to coast should behave

16 Dec 2015 08:00am
WALVIS BAY, 16 DEC (NAMPA) - The municipality of Walvis Bay is reminding visitors and residents to adhere to municipal by-laws to ensure a peaceful and safe holiday.
It said many people have been injured and properties damaged in past festive seasons due to irresponsible behaviour and disregard for road safety and fellow road users.
“Such behaviour not only spoils the festive mood but can also cause loss of lives,” reads a media statement issued by Walvis Bay Municipality Communications Officer, Caty Shemuvalula on Tuesday.
The municipality noted that the desert environment is home to many unique plants and small animals that could be destroyed by irresponsible behaviour.
It thus urged people to avoid littering by dumping, depositing, leaving, spilling, dropping or placing anything that affects the cleanliness of beaches. This also includes leaving behind bait, fishhooks or offal on the beaches when done fishing.
Camping on the seashore overnight, bonfires or ‘braaing’ on the beaches is not allowed unless suitable and removable containers are used. When done, ash or coals should not be left on the beach.
“These actions are regarded as a health nuisance, alternatively indecent or offensive behaviour, and carry fines of N.dollars 1 000 or three months imprisonment, or both. A similar fine will be imposed on those found guilty of damaging municipal property, notice boards, fences or any local authority building along the beaches”.
For those who will be fishing, a fishing permit is required for recreational angling, and unwanted fish, for instance sharks, must be returned to the sea.
The local authority further said that a permit is required for off-road or dune excursions by quad bike or four-wheel drive vehicles.
Residents and visitors are further reminded that it is prohibited to set off or burn fireworks in residential areas. Permission to light fireworks must be obtained from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and if permission is granted, extreme care should be taken when handling or setting off fireworks.
Furthermore, drivers and passengers are cautioned to wear seat belts at all times and to adhere to various speed limits.
“Avoid drinking or using a cellphone while driving. Also make sure that you have your driver’s licence in the car when driving as well as the required emergency triangle in case of an emergency. Switch on your headlights between dusk and dawn, and in foggy or hazy conditions.”
Meanwhile, enforcing other regulations for the safety of holidaymakers this festive season, the Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb on Tuesday issued a media statement prohibiting trucks from using the B2 road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with immediate effect until 17 January 2016.
Trucks are therefore required to travel on the C1 salt road that connects the two towns behind Dune 7.
This is done to avoid traffic congestion and accidents on the B2 road during the festive season.