Tag Archive for Lesotho
The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government. Conservationists are concerned that this decision does not bode well for the future of vultures in the region or for the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa.
“Approval of the Letseng project is a source of great concern to BirdLife”, said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International’s Africa Policy Programme Coordinator. “African governments must tread carefully on renewable energy projects by ensuring they do not threaten birds and biodiversity”.
A pregnant charity worker from London has experienced first-hand what the challenges are in pregnancy and birth for mums to be in Lesotho, Africa.
While six months pregnant with her third child, Katharine Hamilton, 43, visited St James’ Hospital, in Mantsonyane, Lesotho, to see its work with new mothers and their babies. The hospital is located high in the mountains of Lesotho where the temperature in winter is very cold, and the terrain is rough and barren. Read more
The 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) inscribed the Sehlabathebe National Park of Lesotho on the World Heritage List on Saturday.
It was the country’s first property that won a place at the prestigious World Heritage List.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the session, extended congratulations to Lesotho on the inscription of the mixed natural and cultural property of the Sehlabathebe National Park on the World Heritage List. Read more
Prince Harry is making a return trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho where he has long-standing personal charity interests.
Seven years ago the prince helped set up a charity to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids, working with the brother of Lesotho’s king.
Prince Harry will visit two local projects on Wednesday.
He will first go to a centre for the deaf near the capital Maseru then to a school for visually impaired children. Read more
Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa, so making a visit to the fabled mountain kingdom was a big priority of mine when I knew I’d be nearby. The only question was how. Many options for visiting Lesotho exist, but several of them are logistically challenging.
I could’ve traveled via the Sani Pass in South Africa’s southern Drakensberg region. This would’ve allowed me to enjoy a cocktail at the Sani Chalet, which is arguably one of the World’s Best Bars, at thousands of meters above sea level. The problem? Getting to the southern Drakensberg is difficult for backpackers, and Sani Pass treks are very expensive. Read more
There is however one similarity when trekking the remote wilderness of Lesotho and the streets of Amsterdam, and that is the local’s choice in tobacco products. This however is where the similarities end. If the altitude in Lesotho was not enough to get you ‘high’ so to speak, then the world class sight fishing would definitely push you over the edge. It most certainly did for me. Read more
Two of southern Africa’s threatened vulture species are on a collision course with a controversial wind farming project in Lesotho that threatens to wipe them out.
PowerNET Developments is planning to build the Letšeng wind farm on the north-eastern escarpment of the Drakensberg in Lesotho largely to increase power generation and distribution in the small mountain kingdom. But bird experts are worried that the proposed wind farm is located within critical habitat for the globally significant populations of the already-declining Bearded Vulture and Cape Vulture populations, which are “collision-prone” birds. Read more
One of the directors of Maliba Lodge is a friend who lives near us in Melbourne, Australia. When we heard that there was an opportunity to come to Lesotho to do several weeks of volunteer teaching, we jumped at the chance. We have had several years experience of living and teaching in Papua New Guinea and have great memories of that time.
One of very enjoyable parts of Peace Corps service is the opportunity to connect students from various countries through the World Wide Schools (WWS) program. As noted in the WWS Match Handbook, “The program is designed to engage students in an inquiry about the world, themselves and others in order to broaden perspectives, promote cultural awareness, appreciate global connections and encourage service”. Through a “pen-pal” exchange that works along with WWS the students learn about places in the world as seen and described by their peers, developing new friendships along the way. Read more