Namibians urged to preserve heritage sites

13 September 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

Namibians should not become a generation of spoilers, but preserve heritage sights in the country.

This according to tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, who was speaking at the launch of two documentaries on Namibia’s world heritage sites, Twyfelfontein and the Namib Sand Sea, with the aim to raise awareness on these sites.

The National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) developed the documentaries in partnership, while the funding was made possible through the German commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), through their #SOSHeritageAfrica initiative.

Twyfelfontein, officially known as /Ui-/aes, is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, Unesco approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia's first world heritage site in 2007.

Meanwhile, the Namib Sand Sea was inscribed in 2013 for its amazing natural desert landscape. This site is recognised for its natural beauty consisting of coastal fog desert.

Heritage sites are assets

Shifeta said Namibians probably do not understand the importance of these natural assets yet.

He added that these heritage sights are assets which can be tapped into and can be used to market Namibia.

Education minister Anna Nghipondoka said through these documentaries, the NHC envisions to raise awareness about the sites.

She added that this awareness raising is not necessarily only for people outside of Namibia, but also for locals.

According to her, great emphasis is placed on the preservation of the world heritage sites, and the council has made use of a modern way to bring heritage to the people.

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