Protecting Fort Namutoni's heritage

22 January 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The National Heritage Council of Namibia and Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) have agreed to cooperate in maintaining historical sites such as Fort Namutoni in the Etosha National Park.

Annual assessments of these buildings will be done and any areas of concern that are identified will be addressed, the two organisations said in joint press statement. In December, photos were circulated on social media showing the dilapidated state of Namutoni. “Upon physical inspection, it came to light that only a few rooms were not in good condition,” the statement reads. It claimed that these rooms were not open to the public, and that the photographer had forcibly entered them. “Constructive feedback and criticism are valuable. However, criticism with malice, intended to destroy or achieve a specific plan, cannot be accommodated because it can result in unintended consequences such as destroying that which is dear to all of us, namely, the country's national assets treasures,” the statement reads.



Renovation

According to NWR spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano, the damage was minimal.

He said after the photos were circulated on social media the Heritage Council received many questions from international guests about the state of the Fort and they then had a meeting and informed them about their plans. NWR has said that the envisioned renovation of the Fort is estimated to cost N$20 million.

Nesongano said they are looking at a phased approach for renovation, considering that the capital required to do a full renovation is unavailable.

NWR has since cleaned the areas shown in the photographs and said it would do periodic clean-ups until it has renovated the Fort.

Fort Namutoni was declared a national heritage site on 15 February 1950 by the then Historical Monuments Commission of South West Africa (HMC). This later became the National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC) in 2004.

In preparation for the Etosha National Park Centenary celebrations in 2007, renovations were carried out at various NWR facilities, including Namutoni Resort.The work done at Namutoni Resort included alterations and renovations to Fort Namutoni after permission was granted by the NHC, according to the statement.

In particular, the Fort was transformed into a one-stop-shop for all client activities, such as shops, a bar, a restaurant and curio shops.

“However, these changes were not positively received by the market and, as a result, numerous complaints from the clients and the public were received,” the statement said.

The Fort was then closed to the public in 2013, and all client services were moved to the current resort restaurant and shop areas.

The rationale was to restore the Fort to its previous state before 2007 in line with customer demands. However, due to budgetary constraints, NWR could not execute the envisioned plan of restoring the Fort. Thus, the Fort was closed to the public until renovations could be done.

Similar News

 

Hopes for speedy tourism recovery dashed

1 week ago - 26 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKHopes for the tourism industry to have a speedy recovery and a high season that would have started this month have been dashed by...

First woman chairperson for Han

2 weeks ago - 16 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe Hospitality Association of Namibia (Han) has for the first time in its 34 years of existence elected a woman as its chairperson.Janet Wilson-Moore,...

First woman chairperson for Han

3 weeks ago - 15 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe Hospitality Association of Namibia (Han) has for the first time in its 34 years of existence elected a woman as its chairperson.Janet Wilson-Moore,...

Namibia faces worst travel risk status

3 weeks ago - 12 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKCurrently Namibia finds itself in the worst risk status as a travel destination, highest risk with variant status, having caused severe travel warnings and...

Namibia is losing passport power

3 weeks ago - 09 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKHenley and Partners has just published its latest passport index, outlining the countries that Namibians can travel to without visas right now and how...

Allegations threaten to fracture fragile tourism industry

4 weeks ago - 08 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibian tourism organisations say a new player in the industry is stoking disunity within the sector with false and misleading allegations.Nrupesh Soni’s Namibia Travel...

Tourism products should focus on Covid-19 confinement syndrome

4 weeks ago - 07 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe tourism industry should develop and offer affordable pricing options to tourists aimed at attracting families or individuals away from...

Tourism industry on pins and needles

1 month - 02 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKNamibia has suffered millions in losses since June due to tourist cancellations,...

199 submissions for NWR social media influencer programme

1 month - 02 July 2021 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) received 199 submissions for its first-ever social media influencer programme, which will take place from 1 July to 31 October.Each...

Tourism blacklisting detrimental to NAC

1 month - 28 June 2021 | Tourism

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe blacklisting of Namibia as a tourism destination by the US Centres for Disease Control and the Robert Koch Institute is bound to have...

Latest News

Olympic silver goes to Shinyungwe

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEKNamibia’s Christine Mboma blasted from behind to claim silver in the 200m...

Icelanders not untouchable – Imalwa

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKMartha Imalwa, Namibia’s Prosecutor-General (PG), said three Icelandic directors - who ran six fishing companies in Namibia - are under...

AR, SPYL war plays out...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Justice

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEKThe political battle between the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement and Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) is said to be what...

Du Toit acting as CEO...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERThe Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) has announced the appointment of Louis Du Toit as the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Du Toit replaces...

Bank of Namibia to conduct...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERThe Bank of Namibia (BoN) intends on conducting a Balance of Payments (BoP) census in order to increase Namibia's BoP sample size and statistics....

EDITORIAL

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Opinion

It’s excruciating to contemplate the disqualification of two naturally gifted Namibian women from an Olympics event due to a rule that seems to prescribe and...

Fuel price monster gentle with...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that both petrol and diesel prices will remain unchanged countrywide for month of August 2021.For Walvis...

MTC questions awarding of MTN...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Technology

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKMTC is questioning on what basis South African telecommunications giant MTN was...

Over 70 000 Namibians await...

1 day - 04 August 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKGovernment is scratching its head in the face of a vaccine crisis, with about 70 000 Namibians waiting for...

Load More