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Another shot in my ‘salt’ series. This one is a closer look at the new (2011) Ekango Salt Refinery In Walvis Bay. Prior to the commissioning of this new plant, the salt extracted from what is believed to be the largest solar evaporation facility in Africa, produced about 780 000 tons coarse industrial salt per year. Now with the new facility it is estimated that an additional 50 000 to 60 000 tons of table salt will be produced and 30 jobs created.

An interesting note about the word ekango , an Ovambo word used to describe either a journey to collect salt, a salt pan or salt itself. Traditionally salt has always had high value and was at one time worth its weight in gold. Young Ovambo men who are preparing for ‘coming of age’ ceremonies go on an expedition to collect salt. The first salt obtained is considered to be rather special. Each collector must donate some of their amount to the king upon their return, who then offers the salt to the spirits of deceased kings to protect himself from witchcraft

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