Noise pollution a concern in Opuwo

13 Sep 2017 16:00pm
By Uerikoha Tjijombo
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Residents of Opuwo have appealed to the Opuwo Town Council to look into noise pollution from bars in residential areas.
They want bar owners to install soundproof walls that would prevent noise from jukeboxes and loud patrons disturbing those living nearby.
“This is really disturbing, not only for learners but also us, residents, who sometimes have to take care of our sick parents who come to Opuwo for medical treatment and at times need a good rest,” said Jimmy Katjizembua, a parent whose child stays in the Otuzemba settlement.
Katjizembua told Nampa on Tuesday that the house where his child stays is surrounded by about four bars and all of them play loud music until 02h00 every day.
Education Inspector for the Opuwo Circuit, Chris Tjivikua told this reporter on enquiry Tuesday that noise pollution really disturbs residents, and more so learners who, as a result, cannot concentrate during school hours and study sessions in the afternoon.
Tjivikua urged the relevant authorities to make sure the issue is addressed before the final examinations for Grade 12s start on 25 September.
“This disturbance will contribute negatively to the performance of our learners which already is a concern,” he said.
Opuwo Mayor Albert Tjiuma, who is also principal of the Opuwo Primary School, said the issue of noise pollution is on council’s agenda for discussion.
He said there are a few technicalities to be ironed out before engagement with all relevant stakeholders starts.
“The issue of operating hours for bars is one issue, as well as the need for a clear margin on music levels to be loud enough for the dancer at the bar but not disturbing the sleeping pensioner and/or learner who is studying,” he said.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Opuwo Town Council, Abel Katjoho told Nampa the community has never complained about noise pollution before.
He thus advised residents to organise themselves and approach the council through the appropriate channels for them to act.
Asked how the Namibian Police can assist to have the concern addressed, Kunene Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu said the police can only act when requested to do so by council.