by Taati Niilenge

THE site where the first person to succumb to Covid-19 in Namibia is buried is an approved cemetery that is part of the Narraville Extension 8 layout.

This was said by Walvis Bay municipality communications manager Kevin Adams who said approval for the site to be a cemetery was granted even before the Covid-19 breakout, and public consultation was undertaken by the municipalities’ town planning officials.

The layout was presented to the public at a meeting held at Narraville in July 2014, according to Adams who was responding to the concerns of the residents on why people who died of Covid-19 in Walvis Bay will be buried at that site.

“The township establishment application (including the layout) was further advertised by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, as part of the standard procedures for township establishment.

“No objections were received against the cemetery (and other land uses that form part of the Narraville Extension 8 layout) during the consultation phases,” he said.

Adams said public consultation was further undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment for establishing the cemetery.

“Project Environmental Assessment notices were placed in The Namib Times and New Era newspapers dated 28 May 2019 and 4 June 2019, briefly explaining the activity and its locality, inviting members of the public to register as I&APs and submit comments.

“Public notices were placed at frequented places in Walvis Bay to inform members of the public of the EIA process and register as interested and affected parties as well as submit comments,” he said.

 He added that the municipality also held a public meeting on 13 June 2019 in Walvis Bay, which was poorly attended.

It was followed by a second meeting on 4 July 2019, which was well-attended. The minutes of that meeting were compiled and shared with the attendees for review and comments.

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