The clinic LSP built

The clinic LSP built

MOHALE’S HOEK – Danny Bothma says he had a happy childhood whilst growing up in Ha-Moletsane in Mohale’s Hoek in the 1940s.
He vividly remembers the nearby rivers and streams flowing peacefully with villagers growing enough food to feed their families.
“Those were the days when there was no hunger,” Bothma says nostalgically.

But eight decades after that beautiful childhood, things have dramatically changed. The El-Nino phenomenon now means villagers have to scrounge for food and other basic necessities.
Ha-Moletsane and surrounding villages like Siloe were among the hardest-hit by the El Nino drought in 2015 and 2016.
Thousands of children were found to be malnourished.

“As soon as I realised that times had changed, I started a food scheme for the elderly,” Bothma says.
Yet the biggest challenge was that the people of Ha-Moletsane did not have a clinic and access to clean water and electricity.
And so when Bothma, the founder and owner of Lesotho Steel Products (LSP), heard of their plight he mobilised resources from his company to assist the villagers in building a modern clinic.
The new clinic, which was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health a fortnight ago, will serve about 200 people in Ha-Moletsane.
The LSP also helped install electricity and water pipes to the village.

Bothma says he always had a soft spot for the people of Ha-Moletsane since he grew up there.
“If we can work together, we can get a lot done for the country and for the people,” he says.
76-year-old Mary Moleko, one of the villagers, donated her property so it could be converted into a clinic.
Moleko says a health centre is a basic need. It will help stop unnecessary deaths and diseases, she says.
She thanked the LSP for “implementing so much change in my community”.

Moleko also said it was also her parents’ wish to see the village developing.
The Minister of Health, Nyapane Kaya, says what happened at Ha-Moletsane is history and he is proud to be part of it.
He said 175 out of 181 families in Ha-Moletsane now have access to clean water at their door-step.
Kaya urged the community to take care of the clinic.

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