"São Fernandes" Fortress under rehabilitation
Namibe, Namibe - The "São Fernandes" Fortress, the building that houses the Navy Base in south-western Namibe province, will be restored soon, due to cracks on its walls. This was announced Thursday in Nambe city by the Defence minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem, during his working visit to the province, as part of the activity of the 6th national inter-school championship taking place in the provincial capital, from Agusut 23-30. The rehabilitation of the fortress does not imply moving the military institution, the first infrastructure the history of the former ex-Moçamedes (currently Namibe) records with a cultural, tourist and historic value. In her turn, the Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa e Cruz Silva, defended in Namibe that the rehabilitation of the "São Fernandes" Fortress should be done urgently, judging by its importance to the country and world. The existence of the fortress dates back to the first half of the XVI century under the context of Portuguese colonisation of Moçamedes Bay, with the task to protect the penitentiary (military facility of colonisation) built there.