Otjiwarongo churches, shebeens warned over noise pollution

03 Oct 2018 13:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 03 OCT (NAMPA) - The Otjiwarongo police on Wednesday warned churches and shebeen owners to avoid making noise that disturbs other residents in the neighbourhoods here.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha in a media statement on Wednesday said the general public is tired of the noise coming from some churches and shebeens in the Orwetoveni residential area.
Mbeha said the police have received numerous reports about the excessive noise caused by churches and shebeens operating their businesses with public address systems to play music or disseminate religious messages to their audiences.
“At the moment the Grade 10 and Grade 12 learners are busy with their examinations, therefore, any excessive noise can disturb them and that should be avoided at all costs,” Mbeha said.
Members of the Otjiwarongo Pastors’ Forum, NamPol and the Otjiwarongo Municipality on Monday held a meeting at the Swanevelder Community Hall to discuss the noise pollution.
“Our meeting agreed to caution both the shebeen owners and pastors around town on the issue of noise at night,” Mbeha said.
She said it was also agreed in the meeting that any shebeen or church that persists in making noise in neighbourhoods after the warning has been given, will be dealt with.
The Otjiwarongo Municipality's Public Relations Officer, Adelheid Shilongo on her part told Nampa there is already a local authority bylaw which prohibits any excessive noise with a loudspeaker.
“If you are disturbed by any noise coming from a church or shebeen, please let us know right away so that we can deal with such an institution,” Shilongo said.
She said the municipality issues fines of N.dollars 1 000 for noise pollution in neighbourhoods.