Programme details for Prince Harry's tour of Lesotho and South Africa
Published 19 November 2015
Prince Harry will visit Lesotho and South Africa from Thursday 26th November to Thursday 3rd December.
The Prince will first visit Lesotho on behalf of Sentebale, the charity he founded with Prince Seeiso in memory of their mothers. The Prince will pay calls on The Prime Minster, Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosili and King Letsie III before attending the official opening of the new Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu on 26th November. The new centre will provide a facility which underpins all of Sentebale's work supporting vulnerable children in the country and allows them to significantly increase the number of children it can reach.
Prince Harry will also play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, at Val de Vie in Cape Town on 28th November. This is the charity's annual flagship event, which helps fund their very important work.
Prince Harry will then begin his visit to South Africa to carry out a programme of engagements on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. The tour will focus on a number of key themes including understanding South Africa's recent history, the issues and opportunities for young people in South Africa today, and the importance of wildlife conservation.
On Monday 30th November in Cape Town, The Prince will call on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu before carrying out engagements to learn more about a range of social issues facing young people in South Africa today, and the work being done to address them. This will include a visit to a youth centre to meet young people linked to gang-related crime and a visit to a project which uses sport to engage with young people on a range of social issues, including life skills, gender equality and HIV awareness.
The following day in Durban, Prince Harry will visit two programmes using sport for social development. There he will visit The Sharks to learn about a range of programmes proactively identifying and nurturing rugby talent, and Surfers Not Street Children an organisation providing psychosocial support to street children. This engagement will conclude on the beach in Durban, where Prince Harry will have the opportunity to meet people from the area.
The Prince will then travel to Kruger National Park, where he will draw attention to the anti-poaching efforts being used to protect South Africa's most endangered animals. Prince Harry chose to spend time this summer working with rangers on the front line of conservation in Africa and is keen to highlight their skills and professional training. The Prince will see the operational and intelligence gathering response coordinated at the Mission Joint Operations Centre in Kruger National Park, and visit the Southern African Wildlife College to see rangers in training at all levels of professional development.
The Prince will complete the tour in Johannesburg where he hopes to learn more about South Africa's recent history. The Prince has long admired President Nelson Mandela and his family has had the honour of meeting and hosting Mr. Mandela on a number of occasions. In the week which sees the anniversary of the former President's passing, Prince Harry is keen to learn how South Africa is using Mr. Mandela's legacy to inspire and empower the next generation of South Africans. The day will start with a visit to The Nelson Mandela Foundation where Prince Harry will meet Mrs Graca Machel and tour the private archives of the Centre for Memory. He will then visit with students participating in Nelson Mandela – The Champion Within, a youth development programme operated by LifeCo UnLtd SA and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He will then conclude the visit to South Africa at a Youth Empowerment Exposition, focusing on youth entrepreneurship.
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