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Local Journo zooms in on David Livingstone’s life in the Zambezi Region

Local Journo zooms in on David Livingstone’s life in the Zambezi Region

Local journalist and videographer from NAMPA, Francois Lottering, screened a video titled “The Mayeyi and Livingstone”, based on the book “Sangwali- David Livingstone at Linyanti” by Konny von Schmettau.

These materials showcase the rich history and travels of Dr David Livingstone to Sangwali, which is a settlement in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, 130 km west of Katima Mulilo in the north-eastern corner of the Zambezi Region. This was the place of residence of Livingston in the 1850’s before he proceeded further north.

The settlement features a small museum, which was established by Linus Mukwata to preserve the history and work of David Livingston at this place. The area has a rich history and culture and has large concentrations of wildlife.

Adolf Waidelich, entrepreneur and traveller who assisted Mukwata to establish the Livingston Linyanti Museum set up ‘Livingstone’s Camp’, which gives access to Nkasa Rupara (former Mamili) National Park.

Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova, said at the launch of the DVD and book that, the Sangwali-Livingstone link presents a unique and rare occasion where history, culture and nature meets to present an array of potential tourism and socio-economic development opportunities.

The European Union partnered with the Namibian Scientific Society, NAMPA, Traditional Authorities and the private sector to support the first phase of the upgrading of the Livingstone Linyanti Museum and further assistance is required and others are encouraged to follow suit in this endeavour.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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