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Namibia is committed to the safety of tourists – Business

Following a fatal accident involving tourists, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, announced that Namibia has embarked on a national awareness campaign on tourist safety.

It says the campaign aims to strengthen national efforts to ensure tourists are safe while visiting the country.

Shifeta revealed this in a press release on Monday.

This comes after two tourists lost their lives in the Erongo region on April 24.

“The accident in which two tourists lost their lives while on holiday in Namibia is regrettable and unfortunate,” said the minister.

“Namibia values ​​the safety of its citizens and motorists, as well as tourists and visitors,” he says.

Shifeta says the country recognizes that tourism is an important economic sector for Namibia.

“Our tourists should only live the best vacation experiences that the country can offer,” he says.

Shifeta says although accidents do happen, the government is imploring the investigation team to conclude their investigation as soon as possible to determine the exact cause of the accident.

This would help bring closure to the families of the deceased.

“We wish to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family, and a speedy recovery to those who were injured in this accident,” the statement read.

The minister calls on tour operators and drivers to be cautious at all times, taking into account the different types of terrain in which they operate.

‘BE ATTENTIVE’

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, is urging vigilance on the country’s roads, following a recent increase in road accidents.

She says the fund will ensure injured tourists receive proper medical care.

“We express our deepest condolences to the people injured in the recent tragic traffic accident and their families. The MVA Fund offers support to those affected and closely monitors their recovery.

“Family members are advised to contact the nearest MVA Fund service center in Walvis Bay on 064 202 677/659 or [email protected] for funeral and other benefits offered by the fund,” it says.

Martins-Hauiku says that foreign nationals in Namibia have the right to medical treatment and injury management during their stay in the country, adding that if a foreign national is fatally injured in a road traffic accident in Namibia, they are entitled to a bonus of 7,000 Namibian dollars. funeral grant.

‘FRIGHTENING’

He says it is alarming to note that recent Easter weekend statistics reveal that road traffic accidents have increased by 6%, injuries by 19% and deaths by a staggering 60%, compared to last year’s statistics.

“These figures not only reflect a striking increase over the previous year, but also signify a critical need for immediate intervention to ensure the safety of all road users.

“The safety of road users is of utmost importance, because traffic accidents have devastating consequences that affect families, communities and the nation as a whole,” he says.

She says the fund has observed that accidents are often predictable and avoidable through conscious driving, strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations, planning long journeys and avoiding driving at night.

“The trust would like to remind the public to report accidents to its free accident response number, 9682, as doing so could save lives,” it says.

THE ACCIDENT

Although police are still investigating the recent accident involving tourists, provisional police reports indicate that one of the buses involved in the accident heading in the direction of Walvis Bay from Windhoek experienced a brake failure, causing the The driver lost control and crashed into a stopped truck. without occupants, and finally to a tourist bus that was coming in the opposite direction, with 32 occupants on board.

Two Portuguese men, aged 68 and 72, died, while the rest suffered moderate to serious injuries.

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