President Geingob's mother of all speeches

President Hage Geingob's parliament opening rhetoric was a masterpiece of political speechwriting. The speech which was thoughtful and reflective included numerous references to the Founding Father, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, Mose Tjitendero , Chris Jacobie and even the Super Sunday match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

One has to look no further than the opening lines of the speech to see the magnitude of the words that Geigob would go on to speak: "There are not many countries in the world where one can witness all former heads of state and the current President living peacefully in the same country and working together. That is how we are building a Namibian House. The trinity continues".

Much unlike his speech the past month where he would get wayward and address media issues instead of national issues, today Dr. Geingob used the opportunity to address the nation not only as its healer-in-chief but also as its leader. This could be the speech that saves Geingob from all the talk of a recall and will stop his reign derailing following incendiary remarks coming from within Swapo ranks. The speech, was premised on optimism within our political system and nationwide unity, will go down as arguably the best political speech in modern Namibian history. Harambee...

Trasferirsi in Namibia e creare un lodge eco sostenibile

Simone lavorava a Milano, nel settore della grafica e comunicazione, nel 2007 decide di mollare tutto e, con l'aiuto della sua famiglia, apre un lodge eco sostenibile in Namibia per safari naturalistici: "Siamo un Lodge (resort) eco-sotenibile, 12 camere dove turisti da tutto il mondo vengono per ammirare natura ed animali... Siamo in Joint Venture con la locale comunita', loro hanno priorita' sulle assunzioni di personale che formiamo anche e a fine anno hanno una percentuale del fatturato. Abbiamo vinto diversi premi per questo modello di business".

Simone e la moglie nel parco del loro eco lodge in Namibia

Sei partito da solo o con partner, famiglia o amici?

Ho trovato qui mia moglie, italiana di Roma che era venuta per una vacanza lavoro.

Come avete affrontato e risolto il problema del visto permanente?

Investendo. Con la partecipazione anche della mia famiglia abbiamo aperto un Lodge per safari naturalistici.

In che cosa consiste in concreto la tua attività?

Siamo un Lodge (resort) eco-sotenibile, 12 camere dove turisti da tutto il mondo vengono per ammirare natura ed animali.

La lotta contro la desertificazione

Il discorso tenuto del Ministro dell’Ambiente e del Turismo Hon. Pohamba Shifeta di Namibia il 17 maggio 2015 all’EXPO di Milano in occasione del seminario dell’ONU in merito al contrasto alla desertificazione mondiale.

No such thing as a free lunch – Invest in healthy soils

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Healthy and productive land is the starting point for the development of all of humankind. With the population of the world set to increase to 9 billion by 2050, the current state of our soils is deeply worrying.

It is estimated that 52% of the world’s land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. The loss of arable land is now estimated at 30-35 times the historical rate and is affecting some 1.5 billion people worldwide. A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report from 2009 predicted that two-thirds of Africa’s arable land under use could be lost by 2025 if the trend of desertification and land degradation continues.

The impact of these trends on communities and their livelihoods is more striking in Africa and other developing countries than elsewhere in the world. Climate change and the increasing frequency of droughts make dryland countries even more vulnerable. Increasing food insecurity, hunger, and a descent into extreme poverty, as the potential for instability caused by migration and conflicts over resources are just some of the impacts we can expect.


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