Ongwediva dumpsite fencing complete

17 July 2017 | Environment

There will be no more scavenging for food at the Ongwediva dumpsite after council replaced the fence, which was allegedly stolen by community members.

Last year September, Namibian Sun reported that due to the stolen fence children and adults would visit the dumpsite to scavenge for food and other items.

Ongwediva spokesperson Jackson Muma said the open dumpsite was a serious hazard to the community.

He added the erection of the new fence would also reduce the unauthorised entry of animals and people.

“The situation has improved a lot and we are just pleading that the community also takes responsibility for the dumpsite and avoid vandalising the fence,” Muma said.

According to Muma, the construction of the fence commenced in April and was completed in 15 June with a contract valued at just over N$550 000. “We are busy organising measures to remove the plastic [waste] that is seen outside the fence.

“These plastics went out of the dumpsite when the fence was vandalised and got stolen,” Muma said.

Muma says the site is managed by council's Environmental Development and the Community Service Departments.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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