The Problem With Shebeens

The Problem With Shebeens

THE problem of shebeens is both a national and global problem.

All countries across the globe share the problems with the production, distribution and consumption of alcohol (alcohol abuse) at one point or another. What is happening in Walvis Bay is not different or unique from the situation in other corners of Namibia.However, I believe that the Walvis Bay situation should serve as a wake-up call to all citizens of this country, and it requires co-ordinated efforts against the control of the production, distribution and consumption of alcohol in our country.How are we going to control shebeens in Namibia? As far as I have analysed the situation, I have come to believe that proper legislation is the best if not the only option to control the operation of shebeens.By that I mean that, for example, one cannot close down the producers/manufacturers of alcohol.This is not possible for the simple reason that these companies pay a huge amount of tax to the Government, and at the end of the day, they are the driving force of Government revenue, which help to make up the annual budget for the Government.Not only that, but the companies in question also employ a lot of Namibians, therefore, closing them down would also mean many employees will lose their jobs, and will surely join the already full streets of unemployed Namibians.In the end, it is not justifiable nor does it make economic sense to close down the main producers of alcohol, and not even the ordinary shebeens.Because the economy of this country is at stake, and one cannot compromise on issues where the economy is in jeopardy, because at the end of the day we are all striving to save our economy not to destroy it.As I have indicated earlier, legislation aiming at controlling shebeens is still the best option we have to control alcohol.Let us look for example the problem of excessive noise caused by the shebeens, which has became a worrying trend to the majority of Namibians.There are many factories, industries and the alike, with big machines with big engines, capable of producing excessive and disturbing noise, however they are not a threat or of any concern to the citizens of this country, for the simple reason that they are not located in the residential area.In other words, the problem of shebeens is that most of them are located in the residential areas among houses.I therefore feel we need to enact legislations with immediate effect that will prohibit/restrict further establishment of shebeens in the residential areas (among houses) in any given cities, towns or villages for that matter.This will undoubtedly save the country from many problems associated with shebeens.Furthermore, the legislation should make provision that each local authority, council or municipal council should identify a piece of land far from the residential areas to be used as a location for shebeens.This will help us to control more effectively the operation of shebeens and alcohol consumption in particular.N Nambala Via e-mailWhat is happening in Walvis Bay is not different or unique from the situation in other corners of Namibia.However, I believe that the Walvis Bay situation should serve as a wake-up call to all citizens of this country, and it requires co-ordinated efforts against the control of the production, distribution and consumption of alcohol in our country.How are we going to control shebeens in Namibia? As far as I have analysed the situation, I have come to believe that proper legislation is the best if not the only option to control the operation of shebeens.By that I mean that, for example, one cannot close down the producers/manufacturers of alcohol.This is not possible for the simple reason that these companies pay a huge amount of tax to the Government, and at the end of the day, they are the driving force of Government revenue, which help to make up the annual budget for the Government.Not only that, but the companies in question also employ a lot of Namibians, therefore, closing them down would also mean many employees will lose their jobs, and will surely join the already full streets of unemployed Namibians.In the end, it is not justifiable nor does it make economic sense to close down the main producers of alcohol, and not even the ordinary shebeens.Because the economy of this country is at stake, and one cannot compromise on issues where the economy is in jeopardy, because at the end of the day we are all striving to save our economy not to destroy it.As I have indicated earlier, legislation aiming at controlling shebeens is still the best option we have to control alcohol.Let us look for example the problem of excessive noise caused by the shebeens, which has became a worrying trend to the majority of Namibians.There are many factories, industries and the alike, with big machines with big engines, capable of producing excessive and disturbing noise, however they are not a threat or of any concern to the citizens of this country, for the simple reason that they are not located in the residential area.In other words, the problem of shebeens is that most of them are located in the residential areas among houses.I therefore feel we need to enact legislations with immediate effect that will prohibit/restrict further establishment of shebeens in the residential areas (among houses) in any given cities, towns or villages for that matter.This will undoubtedly save the country from many problems associated with shebeens.Furthermore, the legislation should make provision that each local authority, council or municipal council should identify a piece of land far from the residential areas to be used as a location for shebeens.This will help us to control more effectively the operation of shebeens and alcohol consumption in particular. N Nambala Via e-mail

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