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MASERU – TWO Basotho students are off to the United States, thanks to Econet Telecom Lesotho’s HigherLife Foundation.

A farewell ceremony for the two was held in Maseru on Tuesday.

HigherLife Foundation is a social impact organisation that invests in human capital. It was formed by Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi, in 1996.

The Public Relations Officer of Econet Telecom Lesotho, Puleng Litabe, said each year they reserve two percent of their budget for the foundation.

She said they have so far sponsored 524 students ever since the foundation was established in Lesotho in 2011.

“These two students will add up to 18 students who studied in America through the assistance of the HigherLife Foundation since its establishment.”

Litabe said of the over 18 students they have sponsored to study in America, five of them are now working in Lesotho while seven of them are working in the US.

She said one student is working in Canada and three students are in their Doctor of Philosophy studies.

The Econet Chief Executive, Dennis Plaatjies, said HigherLife Foundation sponsored the two students since their high school days at Soofia International School in Leribe.

He said after completing their Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE), the foundation took them to Waterford University in Eswatini.

He said the foundation has several programmes with education as the major priority.

He said they assist Grade A students who are vulnerable.

One of the students, Nthati Lehloenya, will be studying at the University of Oklahoma. She said he was raised by a single parent.

Lehloenya said life was not a walk in the park due to financial constraints her family had.

She was lucky to be introduced to the HigherLife Foundation which ultimately changed her life.

“The foundation did not only change our livelihood but it has also impacted our communities,” Lehloenya said.

She explained that while at school she won a M16 000 fund for a community project she was working on at work.

The other student is Mahali Mabesa.

The one will be studying engineering while the other will be studying mathematics and physics.

A parent to one of the scholars, ’Mamahali Mabesa, said in 2012 the financial problems forced her to transfer her daughter from the National University of Lesotho International School (NULIS) to Soofia International School.

She said it was still hard to support her daughter’s education. The teachers realised that her daughter was working so hard and deserved financial assistance.

“They said they could not let this talent go to waste because of our struggle hence they would try all means so that she could be assisted,” Mabesa said.

Meanwhile, Econet Telecom Lesotho yesterday in partnership with Gem Institute Lesotho launched a tree planting campaign for 1 408 apples and peach trees at 16 schools in the lowlands and highlands.

The Founder of Gem Institute, Mpho Letima, said one of their mandates is to encourage the youth to venture into entrepreneurship, technology and agriculture.

She said they have partnered with the school ever since 2016.

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Directorate suspends applications to build access roads

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MASERU – THE Roads Directorate has suspended applications for the building of access roads to businesses and private homes along several main roads in Maseru.

The Directorate told a press conference on Friday that several businesses and filling stations including private homes along the main roads in the city will be affected.

The Directorate’s Director of Road Network Learning, Khasapane Kikine, said they are yet to talk to the owners of the buildings about the development.

Roads from which businesses and private homes alongside them could possibly need access roads include the Kingsway from the main traffic circle to Basotho Shield where it joins the Mpilo Boulevard.

The other road is A1, generally referred to as the Main North 1, from the main traffic circle to the National Abattoir in Khubetsoana.

Also the A2, known as the Main South 1, from the main traffic circle to Masianokeng will be affected.

The other road is A6, Moshoeshoe Road, from the main traffic circle through the Maseru West Industrial Area to where it joins Kofi Annan Road in Ha-Hoohlo.

The entire A7, Kofi Annan Road, which is from Ha-Hoohlo passing through Thetsane Industrial Area to Masianokeng is also not open for access roads to connect to it.

The B20 Road, from Thabong Circle to Lakeside traffic lights, is also another road from which buildings on its sides will not connect access roads until further notice.

The B21, from Ha-Motšoeneng to Ha-Makhoathi, the B31, which is called Lancers’ Road from Mookoli to Ha-Tšosane, the B311 in Florida to where it joins the Old TY Road (B31) that runs through

Naleli to Ha-Foso and the B60, from Seputana via Lesotho Agricultural College to Maqalika Dam are roads that will be affected.

The suspension of applications started yesterday.

Kikine said the suspension will last until the Ministry of Local Government has completed the Land Use Plan (Maseru 2050 Master Plan) or when the Roads Directorate has completed a review of the design guidelines.

Kikine said the main reason to the suspension is the increased volumes of storm water run-offs causing drainage blockages due to new access roads.

“This causes rapid deterioration of the road pavement layers which leads to development of potholes,” Kikine said.

“The current design guidelines prohibit access within a space of 500 minimums and 600 maximums respectively depending on factors of the land available.”

He said the problem is caused by increased level of traffic disruptions by traffic trails into businesses, which disrupts traffic flow.

Kikine said high level of encroachment by businesses causes loading and on and off-loading in the road reserve, which disrupts traffic flow.

He said this has increased accidents due to reduced sight distances caused by encroachments.

“The Roads Directorate has reached a decision that all existing filling stations along these roads should be re-configured to serve uni-directional traffic, as a result eliminating all right turning movements,” he said.

“As the Roads Directorate we have approached owners of the filling stations and talked to them, but we are still going to meet with them again and discuss in details the suspension of roads and how their businesses are going to be affected and whether they are willing to work hand-in-hand with us.”

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2 more students win scholarships from Letšeng Diamonds

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MASERU – TWO more Basotho students last Friday received full scholarships to study mining related courses from Letšeng Diamonds.

Neo Metsing will study for a BSc Honours in Geology while Lekunutu Letela will enroll for a National Diploma in Millwright.

Letšeng Diamonds will foot the bill for their studies.

The duo joins Relebohile Malebo, Tšepo Molongoana, Sebongile Motseki, and Lebellang Tšephe who are already benefiting from the scholarships.

Phutheho Maphatšoe and Matlali Seutloali are expected to graduate soon.

Letšeng Diamonds’ boss, Kelebone Leisanyane, said each student “deserves a pat on the back for making it through the rigorous selection process of this prestigious scholarship”.

“I am confident that the level of academic guidance and support that they will receive while studying will be fulfilling and enriching,” Leisanyane said.

Leisanyane said the recipients should be grateful to their parents, guardians and their teachers for nurturing their intellectual and academic talents.

“My humble plea to you is that upon completion of your studies, you should come back and serve your communities and this nation,” he said.

“The skills and knowledge you would have acquired are needed to grow and develop the diamond mining industry in this country. I wish you the very best as you commence this important journey in your life.”

Letšeng Diamonds (Pty) Ltd said it is committed to providing scholarships to deserving Basotho in response to the need for critical skills and expertise in the diamond mining sector.

Scholarships are offered to students currently studying or interested in pursuing tertiary qualifications that are related to the development of the country’s mineral resources.

Every year, prospective students and future mining professionals from all over Lesotho are invited to apply for the scholarship.

Then a competitive and rigorous selection process follows.

The company said in the end, not only the best candidates are selected “but people who will be ambassadors of the company and the nation as a whole”.

To make sure that the students are ready for the job market, a two-year internship is offered at Letšeng Diamonds after completion of studies.

The mine says this is done to equip students with necessary skills and experience.

Permanent employment is offered to top performing students at the internship programme.

Since the inception of the Letšeng scholarships in 2006, scholarships have been awarded to 45 young Basotho, 25 of whom have been employed full-time at the mine.

The educational scholarships form part of Letšeng’s corporate social responsibility and investment programme.

The company says the aim of the programme is to foster social and economic development that will sustain communities beyond the life of the mine.

On behalf of all students, Neo Metsing said they are very grateful to Letšeng that they were able to further their studies.

She said if it was not for Letšeng they would have not have been able to study outside the country.

Natural Resources Minister, Mohlomi Moleko, said “one gets to be successful when preparedness meets opportunities”.

“We live in an infinite world and every single thought in this world can be transformed into its physical equivalent,” Moleko said.

He said he is happy for all students and wished them well.

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2 more students win scholarships from Letšeng Diamonds

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MASERU – TWO more Basotho students last Friday received full scholarships to study mining related courses from Letšeng Diamonds.

Neo Metsing will study for a BSc Honours in Geology while Lekunutu Letela will enroll for a National Diploma in Millwright.

Letšeng Diamonds will foot the bill for their studies.

The duo joins Relebohile Malebo, Tšepo Molongoana, Sebongile Motseki, and Lebellang Tšephe who are already benefiting from the scholarships.

Phutheho Maphatšoe and Matlali Seutloali are expected to graduate soon.

Letšeng Diamonds’ boss, Kelebone Leisanyane, said each student “deserves a pat on the back for making it through the rigorous selection process of this prestigious scholarship”.

“I am confident that the level of academic guidance and support that they will receive while studying will be fulfilling and enriching,” Leisanyane said.

Leisanyane said the recipients should be grateful to their parents, guardians and their teachers for nurturing their intellectual and academic talents.

“My humble plea to you is that upon completion of your studies, you should come back and serve your communities and this nation,” he said.

“The skills and knowledge you would have acquired are needed to grow and develop the diamond mining industry in this country. I wish you the very best as you commence this important journey in your life.”

Letšeng Diamonds (Pty) Ltd said it is committed to providing scholarships to deserving Basotho in response to the need for critical skills and expertise in the diamond mining sector.

Scholarships are offered to students currently studying or interested in pursuing tertiary qualifications that are related to the development of the country’s mineral resources.

Every year, prospective students and future mining professionals from all over Lesotho are invited to apply for the scholarship.

Then a competitive and rigorous selection process follows.

The company said in the end, not only the best candidates are selected “but people who will be ambassadors of the company and the nation as a whole”.

To make sure that the students are ready for the job market, a two-year internship is offered at Letšeng Diamonds after completion of studies.

The mine says this is done to equip students with necessary skills and experience.

Permanent employment is offered to top performing students at the internship programme.

Since the inception of the Letšeng scholarships in 2006, scholarships have been awarded to 45 young Basotho, 25 of whom have been employed full-time at the mine.

The educational scholarships form part of Letšeng’s corporate social responsibility and investment programme.

The company says the aim of the programme is to foster social and economic development that will sustain communities beyond the life of the mine.

On behalf of all students, Neo Metsing said they are very grateful to Letšeng that they were able to further their studies.

She said if it was not for Letšeng they would have not have been able to study outside the country.

Natural Resources Minister, Mohlomi Moleko, said “one gets to be successful when preparedness meets opportunities”.

“We live in an infinite world and every single thought in this world can be transformed into its physical equivalent,” Moleko said.

He said he is happy for all students and wished them well.

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