LAA wins prestigious award

LAA wins prestigious award

MASERU -THE Land Administration Authority (LAA) is basking in glory after it won a prestigious Geographic Information System (GIS) SAG-Award at a function in Johannesburg last week.

The award is for the best usage of the latest technology in an effort to advance land administration services in the country.

The awards were presented by Esri, a global leader in location intelligence.
Out of over 100 000 applications from eligible candidates the LAA was among the top five winners globally and the only one to walk away with the award in the Land and Records and Cadastre category.

According to Refiloe Makote, Manager Public Outreach at the LAA, the SAG awards are intended to demonstrate an appreciation for organisations using GIS to understand complex data and meet challenges around the world.

“The LAA received the award for its innovative mapping analytics technology, as well as leadership in the field of land administration and cadastral system,” Makote said.

The prize, Makote explained, is in the form of two scholarships for Basotho to study GIS at diploma level and computers at a school of their choice.
“This is an effort to groom a generation that is technologically savvy and appreciative of GIS,” Makote said.

The Director General of LAA, ’Mataeli Makehele-Sekhantšo, said the achievement would have not been possible without the support of the World Bank through the Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Programme.

“Through GIS system stakeholders and customers will be able to access remotely services like online submission of survey jobs, online services for conveyancers, for individuals, online payments, catalogue of products to be sold online and further enhancement of the billing process,” Makhele-Sekhantšo said.

The efficiency of the system, she said will also contribute towards improving the investment climate as well Lesotho’s rankings on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index.

Makhele-Sekhantšo said the support to develop the system came at the right time when the Covid-19 pandemic forced organisations to adopt new technologies to minimise physical contact.

She said the LAA is customer-centric and will do its utmost best to serve Basotho.

“I urge Basotho to take advantage of our online platforms as they are indeed cost effective. For instance one does not need to travel long distances in some cases merely to make a payment at LAA or at the banks amongst others,” she said.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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