In 2014 Xungi Kathindi attended Al Gore’s training in Johannesburg. Her interest in climate change comes from a spiritual conviction: it is her primary duty to be a good steward of the environment. Xungi believes that adaptation to climate change is the most viable option for people in the developing world to climb out of poverty. Furthermore, from a developmental perspective, Xungi argues that with political will from African governments, Africa can leapfrog conventional industrialization and address issues such as food and water insecurity internally. Moreover, she points out that these challenges pose a great opportunity for many home-grown solutions to our problems.
Xungi Kathindi studied Politics and Business French at the University of Cape Town and graduated in 2011. Following this Xungi moved back to Namibia to work as an assistant for her father, an architect based in northern Namibia. There she gained exposure to the business of the built environment and then volunteered with the Namibian Green Building Council between 2014 to 2015. Xungi is currently employed as a Foreign Relations Officer in her country’s Ministry of International Relations & Cooperation.
In 2012 Xungi convinced her parents to install a solar water heater in lieu of a conventional geyser. She says this was the beginning of her active lifestyle change and advocacy for climate change issues. As part of her journey as a climate change activist, Xungi participated in the first “Training Young Namibians in the Energy Sector” programme in 2013. She is still involved with the programme and has delivered climate change presentations at subsequent trainings and contributed to a collection of essays by young Namibians on the energy sector to be published in 2017. Xungi is proud to tell us that she composts!