Authorities don’t pay heed to residents complaining over wood harvesting

Floris Steenkamp

Dozens of people continued over the weekend to harvest and remove wood from the Swakop River and surroundings, knowing all too well the authorities will sit idle and not lift a finger to stop it.

Residents in Kramersdorf contacted the newspaper over the weekend, following our front page article in Friday’s edition highlighting the continued plundering of protected resources in the area. The area forms part of the Namib Naukluft Park, but trees and shrubs are unrooted and carted off as firewood.
“We reported the matter to the municipality of Swakopmund, to officials of nature conservation. Unfortunately, all our plights fell on deaf ears”, a very concerned resident explained on Saturday.
Pictures were sent to the newspaper from several residents. What emerged from the pictures are that a certain person is in charge. This person rotates people who are moving into the area and then emerging with bundles of wood, carrying it off in the direction of Mondesa.
“This guy is the main agent. It is clear he is in charge and sells the wood in Mondesa. He has people working for him. The teams are exchanged several times a day”, it was further explained.

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