Zip it, campers told

2016-11-08 15:29

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Noisy campers will have to keep it down after this month, as the City of Cape Town implements new actions to reduce noise complaints.

This follows Muizenberg residents’ complaints that they have been kept awake by campers at the Zandvlei camping site.

According to locals, the loud music is “endless” and they frequently have to report the noise to Law Enforcement. This results in the music being turned down for only a short period, before it is set on full volume again.

According to the camping site’s bookings policy, loud noise is not allowed, Anda Ntsodo, Mayco member for community services, says. Guests are expected to keep noise levels to an absolute minimum between 22:00 and 08:00 as a matter of courtesy to others.

Security officers are always on site, with two available during working hours and three after hours.

The City has received some complaints over weekends during the peak season or when events take place at the facility, Ntsodo says.

If a complaint is lodged for noise, the City contacts the staff and security on site to do checks at chalets, campsites and picnic area.

The noisemaker is told about the noise complaint and warned that he will be removed from the premises if the noise continues. If the noisemaker is unruly or rebellious, Law Enforcement is contacted to help with his removal from the premises, explains Ntsodo.

In an attempt to prevent the noise complaints, a noise control sheet is issued to all campers on arrival that advises them about the noise control measures and action that will be taken against transgressors, Ntsodo says.

“Regular patrols are done during the day by staff and security to control noise complaints. At night security patrols on a regular basis and reports and warns any [campers] making any noise,” he says.

Plans for the picnic area should be implemented by the end of the month, and include closing vehicle access to the open area, designating parking areas to visitors using the picnic area and preventing cars from parking at any braai stand or close to any grass area, he explains.

The campsite staff also plan to “ensure that [campers] walk to the braai area with no amplified music, confiscate amplified audio equipment and return [it to the camper] on departure and insist that the Law Enforcement implementers take substantive action against perpetrators”, Ntsodo says.

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