Mutorwa wants clean environment for tourists

THE Minister of Labor and Transport, John Mutorwa, has encouraged Namibians to work towards a zero-litter environment and clean road reserves to provide a smooth travel experience for potential investors and tourists.

Mutorwa said so yesterday at the start of the road authority’s nationwide cleaning campaign in Rundu.

“Today we are launching a cleanup campaign along our national road network that will be rolled out across the country. Keeping our road reserve and environment clean creates a pleasant travel experience and a good impression for potential investors in our country,” he said.

He said Namibia is one of the most popular travel destinations, especially during the Christmas period.

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“It is therefore important to ensure that when thousands of visitors and tourists come to our country for the holidays, we leave a lasting impression of a clean road reserve,” the minister said.

He said the main purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness among all road users and communities of the sustainable benefits of keeping road reserves clean and caring for the environment.

He said that Namibia has been ranked top for the best roads in Africa for five consecutive years by the World Economic Forum.

Namibians should therefore be proud of their achievement as a country, he said.

“However, when you travel on our national roads, our hard work is marred by the litter and litter on the road reserve, particularly at the entrances and exits of cities.

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“To successfully carry out our cleaning campaigns, we need the full participation of municipalities, businesses, civil society, the media and all road users,” he said.

Mutorwa said education and awareness are key to easing long-term challenges around attitudes towards litter, but the challenge is to significantly reduce the prevailing carnage on the streets.

“Law enforcement alone would not be enough to lead us to that goal. We have to regulate our behavior on the road ourselves. I urge drivers, vehicle owners, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists to comply with the road traffic regulations at all times.

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“If we fail at this, we will fail in our economic growth because we will lose our capable young men and women who contribute tremendously to the development of this country,” he said.

The RA’s transport officer, Sidney Boois, said if people don’t care about the environment it would conflict with other goals, such as preserving the health ecosystem.

“We must live in peace and harmony with nature,” he said, adding that it is illegal to erect buildings 60 meters from road reserves.

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