… As Namibia, Botswana and SA discuss joint law enforcement
By Confidente reporter
NAMIBIA, Botswana and South Africa have commenced talks about a joint law enforcement and emergency response operation along the Trans-Kalahari Highway.
The meeting, which ends on Friday, was co-organised by Namibia’s Ministry of Works and Transport and the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC) Secretariat, which is a tripartite transboundary corridor management institution.
The TKC is a road network spanning approximately 1 900 kilometres across the territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
It starts in the Gauteng in South Africa and continues through Rustenburg and Zeerust in the North West province, right through to Lobatse and Kanye in Botswana, and continues to the Mamuno and Trans-Kalahari Border Post, through to Gobabis, Windhoek and Okahandja and right up to the Port of Walvis Bay.
According to Ministry of Works and Transport spokesperson, Julius Ngweda, the seminar, which is currently underway in Swakopmund, will discuss best practices from the three countries, regarding law enforcement on the TKC.
“It will discuss the issues around compliance to the legal framework and how to increase law enforcement visibility on the TKC,” explained Ngweda.
“Others issues are the promotion of safety and security on the TKC.”
According to Ngweda, the seminar is being attended by delegates from all three countries, the Namibian police, the Roads Authority, and the National Road Safety Council, as well as members of the City Police, traffic and response departments of the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund municipalities, as well as the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.
Other participants are with the Private Sector Road Safety Forum.
“The meeting will look at how to enforce weight limits, and the transporting of dangerous materials on trucks, between the three countries.
“Apart from that, the aim is to ensure that customs and immigration laws are followed properly and adhered to.
“The ministries of home affairs from the three countries are also attending the seminar. We also have officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, as well as customs and excise and border control officials from the three countries,” Ngweda said.
“All these stakeholders decided to come around one table to enhance cooperation on the issue of transport and movement on the TKC.”
The seminar will include presentations from officials of the three countries on law enforcement and movement on the TKC.
The event was officially opened by Works and Transport Minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, at the Swakopmund roadblock, which is situated on the B2 highway portion of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor.
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