Swakop plot residents concerned
04 February 2019 | Local News
The absence of road and traffic warning signs in particular on the Swakopmund plots road poses a grave danger.
There are no stop or chevron signs at sharp turns and intersections on the D1901, a gravel road which connects a number of smallholdings to the B2 national road.
This poses a huge danger to road users and especially tourists visiting the area, says a smallholdings owner in the area.
Chevron signs help to keep drivers safe and indicate the edge of the road, dangerous curves, or other hazards.
“There were already three accidents in recent times and it’s just a matter of time before a life is lost. It becomes extremely difficult to navigate the road in misty weather conditions since road users cannot make out the course of the road during the night. We notified the municipality and traffic authorities of the prevailing situations, without any success,” a resident commented.
Swakopmund municipality manager of works Elton Strauss said he does not have a problem to put up road signs on the road.
“I do not know why people prefer to run to the newspaper instead of approaching me directly. I do not live in that area and do not know what’s happening there. We maintain that road.”
A large quantity of un-rehabilitated sand pits abandoned after mining activities are also impacting the flow of the Swakop river in the area.
“Areas where sand was mined in the riverbed previously are just abandoned without any rehabilitation taking place. Is this not contrary to the Environmental Act? These huge sand pits left behind by miners are blocking the natural flow of the river,” a resident said.
According to another concerned resident, sand mining activities are only shifted to other locations upstream and along the riverbed without proper rehabilitation being conducted.
Some of these pits have been filled with water after rains and formed a large dam in one particular area.
“The rehabilitation of the sand pits should at least be prioritised. People are pitching for swims and with their jet skis on weekends. There are no signs warning people that they are doing these activities on their own risk. This is another concern and a tragedy waiting to strike.”