Safety first this December

VIEWPOINT Adolf Kaure [email protected]

10 December 2018 | Opinion

Swakopmund is very popular holiday destination choice in December as people flock to this beautiful holiday resort from outside Namibia and within the country.

They come to enjoy the lovely sandy beaches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert which is a perfect setting because of the contrast.

There are, however, certain precautions that need to be taken in order for safety to be preserved.

Firstly, when it comes to travelling, everyone ought to be careful. All drivers should adhere to all traffic regulations. Consumption of alcohol while driving is not a good idea and it has led to many road accidents over the years. Drivers should also exercise patience when driving as speed is not the answer. The speed limit on highways is 120 kilometres per hour and people need to adhere to that. The roads are full of traffic this time of the year so drivers need to be careful not to take chances by overtaking more than one vehicle at a time or doing so at curves.

Recent newspaper articles have shown that the police is working hard to combat crime especially to help people like tourists who have travelled to enjoy a new experience in a new place. However, tourists and people who recently travelled to a new town should be extra careful too.

Too often tourists leave valuables like cameras, laptops and cellphones in their cars while they go and climb the dunes. The valuable items are not hidden in the car and thieves take advantage of this to break into the car and take them.

In December, coastal towns are more densely populated and this makes it even more important for people to guard their belongings. For those who are leaving their homes to go to another town for holiday, this December should let their neighbours know so that their homes are kept safe. They can also get a relative to stay in their homes for the period that they are not there.

We all want to have a good time this summer. We should be mindful that our fun is not to the detriment of a fellow human being. Noise pollution is one of the things that irks neighbours a lot and we need need to be mindful not to overdo our parties to the point where our neighbours can’t get any sleep.

In terms of finances, let us also make sure that we do not spend more than we earn, otherwise January is going to greet us with plenty to worry about. Sit down with your family members and draw a budget so that you are within your means.

Let us take caution this December so that even though we want to celebrate the festive season in style, we do it wisely.

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