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Fires at Tsodilo, Gcwhihaba Caves

Fears are rife that with shortage of resources and man-power raging veldt-fires destined for the direction of the prestine Tsodilo Hills could cause a lot of destruction to the heritage site.
By Staff Writer Mon 14 Oct 2013, 16:57 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Fires at Tsodilo, Gcwhihaba Caves








The fires that started burning last week have already torched Gcwhihaba  hills, while another raging fire is threatening to torch Tsodilo, a world heritage site.

Assistant Commissioner in the  Okavango area Lenamile Montsho told The Monitor over the telephone that  the fires are fierce but there is shortage of manpower and resources such as transport to fight the veldt-fires.

Montsho says the Gcwhihaba caves area was ravaged by veldt-fires in July this year, while Tsodilo escaped by a hair's breath, the fires that burnt at Chimukushu, near Tsodilo.

Montsho says this time around the fires that started at Kgomokgwaana look more dangerous, but with limited resources there is little they could do. The deputy District Commissioner says a lot of resources were channeled into the Independence Electoral Comission (IEC), way before the last week fires started.

Montsho says currently in his area there are five veldt-fires raging, with one currently burning along the artificial insemination fence. Another fire is currently on at Sheikrawa, near Shakawe. " That one we haven't even started fighting it, as we are giving priority to  the Tsodilo  Hills and Gcwhihaba Caves', the deputy District Commissioner told The Monitor.

 Caves and the surrounding areas were torched by veldtfires that burnt a very wide area, though the caves  as well as the Tsodilo paintings remained intact. Over  half a million Pula was then spent to rescue Tsodilo from further veldtfires attack, but hardly five years since that intervention, the prestine site is facing another monster fire attack.



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