Site of horror to be protected

Shark Island at Lüderitz, once home to thousands of Ovaherero and Nama prisoners-of-war, will soon become a national heritage site.

25 April 2018 | History

The largely forgotten German colonial concentration camp at Shark Island in Lüderitz may soon be declared a national heritage site.

The National Heritage Council intends to submit a recommendation in this regard to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture within two months. The recommendation will be done in accordance with section 30(4) of the National Heritage Act, 27 of 2004.

In a public notice this week the council announced its attention and called for public participation in the process. Situated on a rocky peninsula, Shark Island overlooks Lüderitz harbour and is currently utilised as a camping site.

It was once a concentration camp where thousands of prisoners were kept.

Between 1905 and 1907 the island was used by the German military as a prisoner-of-war camp. The forced prison labour was used to build the growing harbour town.

“The site was first used as a prison where the Germans kept all the prisoners of war that they have captured. Many Ovaherero were kept in this camp. The camp was later transformed into a concentration camp, a change that saw the arrival of more Nama people of which the majority were women and children,” said the council, adding the history of the site confirms its historical value. The council said its history attracts tourists from different parts of the world, while some of the tourists, especially school children, visit the site because of its educational value.

In addition, the tourism activities that take place in and around the site ensures its economic value.

A memorial on the island honours Chief Cornelius Fredericks, as well as other brave men, women and children who perished on the island during the war.

A memorial plague of Adolf Lüderitz, after which the town was named, was also erected at the site.

“These memorials provide the visitors with space and opportunity to pay homage to the departed. These therefore bear testimony to the spiritual value of the site,” the heritage council said.

In another public notice, the council also recommended Driedoornvlagte Fossil Reef as a national heritage site.

Driedoornvlagte is situated outside the Klein Aub settlement near Rietoog.

The fossil reef covers an area of over one million hectares, extending through Farm Rocky Mountains No 626, Farm Driedoornvlagte, Farm Diamant, Klein Aub Farms and Farm Kuburuchap.

It hosts three unique, 548-million-year-old fossils, namely Cloudina, Namacalathus and Namapoikia.

The public has been urged to submit any counter-submissions and requests for hearings to the National Heritage Council within a period of less than 60 days from the date of the public notice.



ELLANIE SMIT

Similar News

 

Czech book details Swapo's struggles abroad

2 months ago - 19 April 2021 | History

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKA representative of the group Their Blood Waters Our Freedom, Borro Ndungula, alleges that Namibian children were sent to the former Czechoslovakia from refugee...

Reflecting on our historical past

2 months ago - 24 March 2021 | History

MICHAEL KAYUNDEWINDHOEKReleased in 2007, 'Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation' illustrates Namibia's struggle against South African occupation.Film producer Gideon Kamati from the Namibia Film Commission (NFC)...

Communication failure threatens rock art

4 months ago - 18 February 2021 | History

JANA-MARI SMITHThe environment ministry denies any knowledge of a resolution to withdraw the environmental clearance certificates (ECCs) issued to mining companies accused of the annihilation...

Communication failure threatens rock art

4 months ago - 17 February 2021 | History

JANA-MARI SMITHThe environment ministry denies any knowledge of a resolution to withdraw the environmental clearance certificates (ECCs) issued to mining companies accused of the annihilation...

Prehistoric rock art rescued

4 months ago - 15 February 2021 | History

JANA-MARI SMITHWINDHOEKOtjohorongo community activists and a Namibian farmer have chalked up a hard-fought victory against mining companies in the Erongo Region after authorities resolved to...

German genocide offer 'unacceptable' - Ngavirue

10 months ago - 13 August 2020 | History

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Namibian government has dismissed a financial offer made by the German government to atone for the 1904-08 Nama and Ovaherero genocide as “unacceptable”.The...

Govt under fire for 'liberation struggle favouritism'

10 months ago - 29 July 2020 | History

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKA report by the parliamentary standing committee on constitutional and legal affairs has revealed that some communities feel government only commemorates events related to...

April 1 no fool’s day for Swapo

1 year - 01 April 2020 | History

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe former chief of staff of Swapo’s armed wing PLAN, Charles Namoloh, says it is time the nation recognised the historical importance of 1...

Heritage sites closed

1 year - 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...

WBCG grows regional economies

1 year - 20 November 2019 | History

CATHERINE SASMANSince the establishment of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) 19 years ago, trade volumes from neighbouring countries have grown from zero to more...

Latest News

Vehicles sales unresponsive to low...

14 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDespite interest rates being low to make borrowing attractive, new vehicle sales remained weak for the month of May.Last week, the Bank of Namibia...

Nightmare ride with father’s dead...

14 hours ago | Health

Henriette Lamprecht WINDHOEKA woman whose father died of Covid-19 at home in Okahandja was...

More succumb to acute oxygen...

14 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNamibia’s Covid-19 battle is now characterised by critically ill patients gasping for air as they line up in desperate need...

Only six vaccinated dead from...

14 hours ago | Health

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEKOnly six people who were vaccinated against Covid-19 have died since the third wave hit Namibia in May.All of them...

ILO, EU supporting Namibia’s fisheries...

14 hours ago | Economics

The International Labour Organization (ILO), with support from the European Union (EU), has launched the Sustainable Supply Chains to Build Back Better (SSCBBB) project which...

2.6% wage increase for construction...

14 hours ago | Labour

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUDespite the Covid-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the economy, construction industry...

EDITORIAL

14 hours ago | Opinion

We are not okay. Most of us are struggling. Uncertainty, fear, anxiety and depression have become deeply interwoven into our collective psyche as Namibians amid...

Namdock and MANWU signed an...

14 hours ago | Economics

On 3 June 2021, established ship repair and wholly Namibian-owned company Namdock (Namibia Drydock and Ship Repair), signed a Recognition and Procedural Agreement with trade...

Nigeria urged to make forex...

14 hours ago | Economics

CHIJIOKE OHUOCHA AND ESTELLE SHIRBONThe World Bank urged Nigeria to provide a clearer and more predictable foreign exchange management system, suggesting that its response to...

Load More