RTC and NamPol look to curtail sand mining

25 Dec 2018 12:00pm
RUNDU, 25 DEC (NAMPA) – The Rundu Town Council (RTC), in conjunction with the Namibian Police Force is calling on residents and the business community in the town to refrain from illegal sand mining and dumping refuse in the floodplain area.
The RTC’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Sikongo Haihambo, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the same applies to any other area especially north of the Kehemu residential area, where these activities are most prevalent.
“The residents and business community of the town are kindly cautioned that the dumping of household, construction, garden, and business refuse in areas other than the designated dumping site is prohibited,” he said.
These activities are prohibited in terms of the Public and Environment Health Act, Act 1 of 2015.
Haihambo said likewise, illegal sand mining in the town council area, which includes the floodplains of Rundu, is tantamount to theft of public property.
Sand mining, he stressed, degrades the environment and is prohibited in terms of the Environment Management Act, Act 7 of 2007.
“The Namibian police in partnership with the Rundu Town Council have put measures in place, including regular 24 hour patrolling of the floodplains and other areas in and around [the] town to ensure that culprits are brought to book from this point on,” Haihambo added.
Residents, he said, are therefore required to cease and desist from committing such acts with immediate effect.
“Illegal sand mining must immediately stop and refuse must only be disposed of at the designated dumping site south of [the] Kasote residential area,” he stated.
The acting CEO said those found committing these acts will face the full wrath of the law.