- Plans are underway to build the first underwater museum and education centre in sub-Saharan Africa in Kenya
- The site for the construction of the museum has at least 33 shipwrecks and it is believed there could be more
- There are plans to employ tour guides to lead people underwater when the museum is complete
Kenya has begun preparations towards the building of sub-Saharan Africa’s first underwater museum.
The architectural piece is likely to be located at the site of a shipwreck at Ngomeni in the country’s eastern province.
The plan is to provide a unique building to serve as an educational centre for underwater technology.
The region has recorded 33 ancient shipwrecks and there are reports that there could be more along the coastline.
Per a Business Insider report, underwater museums are becoming a major component of tourist attractions.
The head of archaeology at the National Museum of Kenya, Dr Caesar Bita, noted that the museum would be a major boost for the country’s economy.
“Once the museum is complete, we will have tour guides who will be guiding people under the water. Each wreck will have a placard that tells its history,” said Dr Bita.
In eastern Africa, only Madagascar has ratified the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
UNESCO teamed up with the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage to raise awareness on the ‘Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development in Eastern Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean Islands.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's 2020 Budget Speech has held some surprisingly good news for South African taxpayers.
VAT will remain at 15% and taxpayers will be paying less, not more, despite predictions to the contrary.
In addition to this, Mboweni announced increases affecting the social grant system in an effort to provide some relief to poor citizens
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