Category Archives: local news

US$2.0 billion credit line for infrastructure development

US$2.0 billion credit line for infrastructure development

MASERU – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a new memorandum of understanding for credit facilitation of development projects in Southern and Central Africa worth over R2 billion as part of the Bank’s mandate to play a meaningful role in the agenda for Africa’s industrialization.   The Bank this week announced it has approved a private sector multi-currency line ...

Read More »

Labour Court President under spotlight

Labour Court President under spotlight

. . . as faulty work structure poses headaches for Khabo MASERU – A simmering dispute pitting the Ministry of Labour and the Labour Court president over working conditions and benefits is threatening to stall operations at the already overloaded labour court, Public Eye has learnt. But Labour Court President Malebona Khabo, who is the court’s lone judicial officer, repeatedly ...

Read More »

Civil society hails local elections as free and fair

Civil society hails local elections as free and fair

Lesotho’s civil society have hailed the weekend local government elections as reflective of the will of the people and have been conducted in a manner that is free and fair. The declaration was made on Thursday in Maseru where the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC), Lesotho Council of NGO’s and Campaign for Education Forum have also called for reforms to ensure ...

Read More »

Lesotho to direct smallholders towards climate smart agriculture

Lesotho to direct smallholders towards climate smart agriculture

On Friday, the World Bank approved a US$10 million (M136.5 million) additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to Lesotho’s ongoing Smallholder Agriculture Development Project (SADP). The added funds are aimed at increasing market output among smallholders in Lesotho’s agriculture sector. Under SADP, which became effective in March 2012, over 55,000 beneficiaries across four of Lesotho’s 10 districts (Botha-Buthe, ...

Read More »

WASCO launches smart metering system

WASCO launches smart metering system

The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) launched a three-month Smart Metering Project during a press briefing held in Maseru today. On behalf of the management of WASCO, Mr. Kopano Ramatla said the project, which is intended to convert post-paid metres to smart pre-paid metres, is scheduled for October-December this year. He said the project will initially focus on non-domestic consumers ...

Read More »

Stable acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue across most of Lesotho

Stable acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue across most of Lesotho

In comparison to the same time last year, food availability and prices are much more stable, contributing to good food security conditions at the national level. The anticipated government subsidy or safety-net program is likely to have a delayed start this year, which may have an adverse impact on poor households from December onwards, when the lean season peaks. Currently, ...

Read More »

School trip ends tragically

Mr.’Mota Makakamela, a Masoeling LECSSA Primary School teacher, says a rock that was rolled downhill by some children from a nearby village struck the bus and tragically hit two pupils during a school trip to Mohale Dam yesterday. Pupils and teachers watched helplessly as two lifeless bodies of the grade six girls lay in body bags. Also, five students were ...

Read More »

Sanef: Safety of journalists in Lesotho ‘under threat’

Sanef: Safety of journalists in Lesotho ‘under threat’

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has expressed concern over the “condition and situation” of journalists in Lesotho. In a statement today, Sanef said that the safety of journalists working in the mountain kingdom was under threat “due to the deteriorating security situation”. “Sanef wishes to offer its support to SABC Correspondent in Lesotho Nthakoana Ngatane who had to ...

Read More »

Police urge bank clients to be cautious

Police urge bank clients to be cautious

Following an incidence where a Chinese business person was defrauded M50,000 by a First National Bank (FNB) employee, Lefu Mokhatse aged 27, in Mokhotlong, the Police have strongly urged customers to be cautious when using bank services. The Officer Commanding Mokhotlong Police Station, Senior Superintendent (Snr Supt) Ts’eliso Ts’ita said Mokhatse was arrested for the crime last Wednesday. Snr Supt ...

Read More »

LMPS, SAPS search for missing bodies

LMPS, SAPS search for missing bodies

The Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and South African Police Service (SAPS) have launched a search for three men who are believed to have been thrown into Mohale Dam in May this year. Nine members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) have since appeared before the court and the last suspect Private Tieho Tikiso (28) of Mokhotlong appeared in court ...

Read More »