WINDHOEK, The Namibian capital, Windhoek, has lost its status as the cleanest city in Africa because of poor solid waste management, while more towns across the country are becoming more dirty and unsightly, says Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta.
Speaking at the opening of a consultative workshop on the draft national solid waste management strategy here Wednesday, Shifeta said increasing urbanisation and industrial development had made waste management a matter of critical importance.
“It cannot be doubted that current waste management practices present significant risks to the health of our people and environment,” he added.
The minister remarked that despite its small population, high volumes of litter were evident across the country, in the streets of cities and towns, along roads and highways, adjacent to the informal areas, in the sea and on the beaches.
The Mayor of the City of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua, who acknowledged that Windhoek had lost its status, added that efforts are underway to reclaim it in every way possible.
He said the city was doing everything possible by running what is called the Mayoral Cleaning Campaign every month as well as campaigns such as the “My waste is my responsibility”.
Kazapua, however said there was a need for a waste management strategy and he applauded the Ministry for coming up with such an initiative.
Although Ministry was in the process of developing regulations specific to waste management, Shifeta said the formulation of a strategy which would identify the critical challenges facing the waste management sector was crucial.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK