The Ministry of Environment and tourism is embarking on an exercise to construct the boundary fence of the Etosha National Park. The Project was recently launched by the Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta who also joined MET staff members in the historical construction of the Fence.
At the site, Shifeta commended the staff members for their commitment in completing over 100 meters despite spending time on logistical arrangements. “”I am impressed by the amount of work MET staff has put in the construction of the Etosha National Park Boundary so far. He stressed.
He added that the Etosha National Park is one of the oldest and greatest National Parks in Africa and is Namibia’s number one tourist destination. In this regards, the Shifeta added that it is crucial to upgrade the infrastructure of the park to ensure that it continues to attract more tourists.
He states that the currents 824 kilometer fence is in a deplorable condition with some areas the fence completely down. According to the Minister, this situation has caused livestock to be grazing in the park and human wildlife conflict incidents are being experienced with communities and farmers living around the park.
According to the Minister. The fence will cost N$700 000 per kilometer when using private companies or contractors and to cost an estimated amount of five hundred million to complete the the remaining 712 KM.
Through the use of the Ministry’s staff and volunteers, the Ministers said it will cost an estimated ten million Namibia dollars (N$10 000,000) over three years to complete the work saving government huge amounts of money.
The target is to cover 5 KM per week and 20 KM per month to be able to complete the remaining 712 KM in three years. Shifeta added.