Botswana — Sporadic veld fires ravages Ngamiland but Tsodilo World Heritage Site is safe and intact. The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr Mothusi Nkgowe, said the fire was reported to be 40km away from Tsodilo Hills on Monday. Mr Nkgowe said contrary to some news media reports that Tsodilo Hills were on fire, the heritage site remained intact and untouched by the raging fires. He said his ministry, together with other government departments, was closely monitoring the situation. He also said the ministry was making fire breaks to stop the fires. We are doing something to protect mountain of the gods, he said, adding that the area had never experienced such fires before. Shakawe police chief, Supt Jerry Halahala, also dismissed the rumours that Tsodilo Hills had caught fire. Tsodilo, situated in Ngamiland, is a cultural site of outstanding universal value depicted through preserved archaeological records chronicling human activities and environment changes that span at least 100 000 years. Tsodilo was listed as a world heritage site in December 2001 by the world heritage committee as per the UNESCO 1972 convention concerning the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.