During graduation day, we were well pleased to confer Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki from Lesotho with an honorary Doctorate at our Graduation Ceremony as he has been an inspiring example — to his continent and to the world. With the theme of graduation being Climate Change, he charmingly reminded us of the importance of water resources – the Lesotho Highlands Water Project has been a famous and exemplary project that, through dams and tunnels funnels much-valued water to South Africa.
The Minister, whose country Lesotho is often coined the “Switzerland of Southern Africa”, cleverly pointed out that perhaps “Switzerland was the Lesotho of Europe.” After an extraordinary (albeit very hot) day, he and his party left us with the prospect of a future visit by His Majesty the King of Lesotho to GSD in 2020. We very much look forward to this!
The Hon. Monyane Moleleki, currently Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has been an outstanding and exemplary politician in his country for more than 25 years.
Lesotho, a small country of some 2.3 million people, is totally surrounded by South Africa: it has been said it is blessed by the gods because of its abundance of fresh water.
Minister Moleleki was successfully Lesotho’s Minister of Natural Resources 1993 to 1994; from 1998 to 2004; and again from 2007 to 2012.
Moleleki’s protection and development of Lesotho’s precious resources are highly valued and widely renowned. Lesotho, the world’s southernmost land-locked country, is a most excellent example of what a small, developing country can contribute in terms of wise use of natural resources.