Ongwediva Town Council, police clamp down on noise pollution

03 Oct 2017 13:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 03 OCT (NAMPA) – The Ongwediva Town Council has taken a stance to suspend operations of establishments guilty of noise pollution.
This was announced by the town council’s spokesperson Jackson Muma during a media briefing here on Tuesday.
Muma said that despite efforts to end the problem, the situation seems to persist with some establishments.
He said the decision was made during a recent meeting between the council and different law-enforcing units, including the Namibia Police Force (NamPol) and Women and Men Network Against Crime, after several complaints of noise pollution were received from residents.
“This is an emerging problem which is being experienced in several communities only, but the town council decided to discuss the plan of action in preventing the escalation of uncontrolled noise in Ongwediva,” said Muma.
He added that another meeting with stakeholders, bar owners and church leaders was held in order to get further input on how this situation could end without depriving the community of its social rights and negatively affecting business prospects of the concerned establishments.
Muma added that the town has many residents with different responsibilities who need not be affected by the noise pollution, and therefore the council aims to attain zero noise pollution.
He warned owners of alcohol outlets and churches not to take sound-amplifying equipment outside their establishments, as it is against the law.
“In the meantime, the council will continue engaging the public through various means, in order to educate the community on the dangers of alcohol abuse and noise pollution.”
Regular patrols will be strengthened, particularly during the night, in order to monitor the level of noise in town.
In addition, a debushing campaign will be held in areas of extension 18, 19 and Omatando, which have been identified as critical and require urgent cleaning, said Muma.
He called on residents to join the council in cleaning the identified sites on 27 October this year.