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REVIEW OF NOISE AND NUISANCE BYE LAW
20/06/16
REVIEW OF NOISE AND NUISANCE BYE LAW Gaborone City Council wishes to review the Noise and Nuisance bye law section 34 (1) which states that; - No person shall- (a)  Operate or permit to be operated any wireless, loudspeaker, gramophone, amplifier or similar instrument to the annoyance of the occupants or inmates of any premises in the neighborhood;

REVIEW OF NOISE AND NUISANCE BYE LAW

 Gaborone City Council wishes to review the Noise and Nuisance bye law section 34 (1) which states that; - No person shall-

(a)  Operate or permit to be operated any wireless, loudspeaker, gramophone, amplifier or similar instrument to the annoyance of the occupants or inmates of any premises in the neighbourhood;

(b)   Operate any wireless, musical instrument, loudspeaker or other similar device for the purpose of advertising on or adjacent to any street without the prior consent of the council;

(c)   Continue to make any loud or unseemly noise or disturbance either by shouting, screaming or yelling or blowing upon any horn or other instrument or by beating upon any drum or other instrument so as to annoy, disturb or interfere with the rest, peace and tranquillity of the inhabitants, after having been requested to desist by any member of the police or by any other person so annoyed, disturbed or inconvenienced;

(d)   Continue to ring any bell or sound any horn or blow any whistle or use any noisy instrument or shout in any market square, street, park or public place for the purpose of attracting customers, or hawk, sell or distribute any article or thing whatever to the annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience of any person who uses such market square, street, park or public place after having been requested to desist by any member of the police or by any other person so annoyed ,disturbed or inconvenienced;

(e)   Between the hours of 5p.m and 7.30 a.m carry on any business, trade or industry involving the use of machinery which by reason of the noise created by it is offensive or constitutes a nuisance or which disturbs the comfort or peace of the inhabitants of the council area nor shall any person use such machinery on Sundays or such public holidays as recognized in the relevant business, trade or industry.

(2)  The provisions of paragraph (e) of sub- bye-law (1) shall not apply to the building or construction or to any ancillary operations connected with the erection of or alteration to any hotel or casino.

Penalties; There are provided under section 38(1) and are as follows;-

(a)  On first conviction to a fine not exceeding P150.00 or, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months; and

(b)   On a second or subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding P200.00 or, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

This bye law is currently in force but there is need to review it looking at the current situation.  As Batswana you are critical stakeholders and Council is requesting your participation by way of making suggestions as to the amendments that can be incorporated.

Kindly send your suggestions through our facebook page, Toll free number which is 0800 600 061 or call 3657545/3657408/3925024/3908072 by fax: 3900141 for the attention of Public Relations Officer. You can also email to emasilomangwe@gov.bw or nmadzibe@gov.bw or tngiye@gov.bw.

Further consultations will be done through Kgotla meetings.

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