A clean Walvis Bay for the ­festive season

Residents have given the coastal town a good clean-up.

03 December 2018 | Local News

Stanley Bauman, community activist – “. . . if we cannot help with the solution, we become a part of the problem.”

A group of Narraville residents recently took it upon themselves to clean the suburb's police station.

Stanley Bauman, a local community activist who came up with the initiative, said it was a huge success. “Some people are of the opinion that we pay enough taxes to the government to fix public service institutions.

The people should remember that we are the government, if we cannot help with the solution, we become a part of the problem.”

He said he was busy certifying documents at the Narraville police station when he saw the dire state it was in.

“I approached Leon Louw, the chairperson of the West Coast Ecumenical Movement, and we assisted each other in making the clean up a reality. Without our sponsors, Oasis Supermarket, Spar, Hopfast, Dirk Paulsen, Marine Industrial Coatings and our volunteers, we would not have been able to give the police station a face lift”.

The volunteers are in the process to acquire a sponsor for paint for the station.

About 70% of the station's windows do not open. “The police indicated to us that they have the manpower to fix the windows, but require the materials to do it. Only after the windows have been fixed we can re-paint the station.

“A number of pipes are also leaking at the station, the gutters are hanging on threads and the toilet in the charge office are non-existent. There is a bathroom with a wash basin but the toilet was removed.”

Bauman requests anyone who wishes to help in giving the Narraville Police station a facelift to contact him on 081 249 2051.

In addition, the Walvis Bay municipality hosted a pre-festive clean-up operation last week.

About 150 residents, which include members of the Namibian defense force, the Namibian Correctional Services and the Namibian Ports Authority joined the operation.

The various teams cleaned up Dune 7, Independence Beach in Kuisebmond, as well as the Klip-toilets near Long Beach. The clean-up operation saw 1.3 tons of rubbish collected.

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