10 May 2015 09:20am
WINDHOEK,10 MAY (NAMPA) - The Namdeb Diamond Corporation has been awarded the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) award for excellence in recognition of its commitment to the conservation of the shipwreck discovered at Oranjemund in 2008.
The company's corporate communications officer Pauline Thomas said in a statement issued on Friday the award is presented to companies that have contributed significantly to the protection of natural and cultural heritage on the African continent.
Namdeb Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi received the award at a breakfast meeting hosted by the patron of the AWHF, Phuthuma Nhleko and the chairperson of the African Union (AU), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Midrand, South Africa on 06 May 2015.
The shipwreck is believed to be the remains of a Portuguese trading ship that was sailing to India when it sank off the Namibian coast.
Thomas explained that the shipwreck was discovered in Namdeb's mining area one, some 18 kilometres north of Oranjemund, by Kapaanda Shatika, a dozer operator at Namdeb.
On the morning of 01 April 2008, in the course of his mining excavation work, Shatika unintentionally exposed the shipwreck material in the form of wood, copper ingots and two cannons, she said.
Some 5 438 artifacts of cultural, scientific and intrinsic value were subsequently recovered.
These included 2 159 gold coins, 1 845 copper ingots, 109 silver coins, 67 elephant tusks, 14 cannon balls, eight bronze cannons, five anchors, three astrolabes, three navigational dividers, and part of the ship's compass.