Heritage sites closed

19 March 2020 | History

ELLANIE SMIT



All heritage sites in Namibia are closed until further notice.

This follows a directive by the education, arts and culture ministry issued on Tuesday after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Namibia last weekend.

President Hage Geingob has declared a state of emergency and introduced stringent measures including banning gatherings of over 50 people.

Acting culture minister Martin Andjaba therefore issued a directive that all heritage sites falling under the ambit of the ministry be closed immediately.

“For the duration that this directive is in force, the ministry with the support of the health ministry will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and communicate accordingly,” said Andjaba.

He further urged everyone to ensure that appropriate precautionary measures are taken in line with the directives of the World Health Organisation and the health ministry.

Meanwhile, the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (Napha) says following Air Namibia’s suspension of all flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt, some hunters who had travelled with their hunting rifles are now in a predicament.

According to Napha, the temporary permits obtained for their rifles might expire before the hunters are able to leave the country.

In such cases, Napha advises that the rifles should be surrendered to the rifle office at Hosea Kutako International Airport.

According to Napha, discussions are underway on how rifles will be returned to their owners once the coronavirus situation has stabilised.

Furthermore, because of trophy hunters cancelling their trips to Namibia, the permit office of the environment ministry has agreed that unused hunting permits issued may be returned. They should be returned with the original receipt and a brief statement confirming the cancellation.

The fees paid for these permits will be credited to future applications.

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