'The call to prayer falls below the 7 decibels which is the limit'

Complaints regarding the Azan or Islamic call to prayer at a District Six mosque has raised much discussion in Cape Town over the past weeks.

A reasonable person test was used by the City of Cape Town which found that the noise may be a nuisance for some.

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Zahid Badroodien talks to Kieno Kammies and says the noise regulations are determined by the province and not the City's by-laws.

He says two processes are involved.

Firstly, it falls under the noise regulations of the Western Cape, a provincial competency governing how the City of Cape Town regulates noise, and secondly, the City's by-law needs to be brought in line with that, a discussion that is underway, he says.

When one tests for a noise disturbance it is a technical test. It is the actual measurement of how loud is the Azan and how loud is the church bell?

Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health - City of Cape Town

He says in this particular case, the meeting with the mosque in question regarding the Azan or Islamic call to prayer on 11 June was very positive.

The azan actually falls below the 7 decibels which is the limit.

Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health - City of Cape Town

Two officials have, however, found the noise levels may be a hindrance to some community members, he adds.

The noise nuisance allows us to engage with both the mosque and the complainant because the conversation is a way to try and find an amicable solution even if it means turning the speakers upwards away from the community if the mosque is able to show some compromise the matter would be closed.

Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health - City of Cape Town

Badroodien also discusses the school holiday programmes on offer, such as chess and storytelling in local libraries.

Check the City of Cape Town's website for more info.

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