Harare moots by-law to regulate noise

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is mooting a by-law to prohibit, or regulate excessively loud noise, from whatever source on any public or private place, that may disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, peace or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity in the city.

Residents of Ashdown Park, Mbare, Monavale and Sally Mugabe Heights have written to the acting town clerk Josephine Ncube complaining that there was no stakeholder consultation when coming up with the new municipal law.

According to the new noise by-law, a temporary permit that allows the applicant to hold community events can be issued and lasts for six months.

It provides that no one shall make any unnecessary or unreasonable noise for all or varying periods of the day or evening within the urban municipality or within any specified area of the municipality.

Offenders could be heavily fined or imprisoned for up to one year if found guilty of noise pollution, the by-law says.

No person shall play or operate any radio, stereophonic equipment or other instrument or any apparatus for the production or amplification of sound either in or on private premises or in any public place in such a manner as to unreasonably disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the neighbourhood or of persons in the vicinity.

Equipment used in the commission of the offence could also be confiscated and if such gadgets are not claimed after 30 days, HCC could dispose of the property.

“The by-laws were only to cushion churches from noise suppression as these were the major contributor of noise pollution,” read part of the objections.

Ncube dismissed some of the objections stating that appending a bunch of signatures on paper without outlining the reasons did not amount to an objection.

She also said the director of works exercised discretion with regard to issuance of temporary noise permits.

The decision was subject to review by the Administrative Court, which could be approached if a resident felt aggrieved.

The acting town clerk emphasised that the by-law did not cushion churches, but had a blanket effect which covered individuals and private functions such as weddings, road shows and parties.

“The second objection highlighted smacked of misinformation,” she said. Harare moots by-law to regulate noise

Commuters are being forced to fork out $1 instead of 50 cents during peak hours for a trip into Harare’s central business district.

Some from Chitungwiza are even paying $1,50 instead of $1 for a trip from the dormitory town to Harare’s CBD.

Comments (4)

Noise is the worst and should be banned for life using our laws. Go ahead please.

Dhurun'aru - 13 November 2015

1. no one should be allowed to make noise in residential areas after 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday 2. No one should be allowed to make noise in residential areas after 2am saturday morning and sunday morning Hope these by-laws are on the Harare web-site for us to read

the truth - 13 November 2015

does that include zvima generators?

crowd face - 17 November 2015

I would like to put in a complaint about terrible noise in our residential area on sunday 22 Oct 2017 constant noise of cutting tree down right outside our complex from morning until 5.30pm - Pse can you assist in what the laws are for noise in residential areas on sundays? Look forward to your quick response Kind regards

L champ - 23 October 2017

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