MET fines man for illegal camping

28 Dec 2017 13:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 28 DEC (NAMPA) – A man was fined N.dollars 1 200 for illegally camping on the beach at Mile 8 on Christmas Eve.
Mile 8, situated north of Swakopmund, is part of the Dorob National Park, where visitors without a permit to overnight are expected to vacate the park by 21h00.
The fine, which is the first for this year, was issued by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).
Park warden, Jeremia Lamek on Thursday could not reveal the name and age of the suspect as he is still to pay his fine or appear in court should he fail to pay.
Lamek said his office decided to issue fines this festive season as people have been violating park rules for the past two years.
He noted that the Namibian Navy and the Namibian Police Force agreed to assist in the patrolling and issuing of fines.
Littering will cost N.dollars 250 while those found selling merchandise in the park without a permit will be fined N.dollars 500.
Lamek’s team of volunteers is currently busy picking up trash scattered at Mile 8, Mile 4 and Dune 7 after the Christmas celebrations.
He once again appealed to holidaymakers to throw garbage into the bins provided and keep the environment clean and safe.
He noted that the Long Beach area remains clean.
“Driving in the dunes in areas which are not demarcated is still a concern. People must stop the ‘I do not care attitude’ and respect the rules of the park,” Lamek said.