Cleanliness is next to godliness!

Cleanliness is next to godliness!

MASERU-Standard Lesotho Bank in collaboration with the Red Cross Society donated hand washing facilities at the taxi rank in Quthing.
This is part of the bank’s effort to contribute towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a ceremony held in Quthing last Thursday, taxi owner, Tsela Nkopane, said it has been a serious challenge to ensure the hygiene of their clients due to unavailability of hand-washing facilities at the taxi rank.
“We are very grateful for the donation. The only challenge remaining is that of getting one sanitiser that will be used for all vehicles,” Nkopane said.
“Passengers refuse to use our sanitisers claiming that they are not consistent and some affect them negatively.”

Deputy District Police Commander, Moeketsi Mokotjo, said he was “grateful for the assistance” to help them fight Covid-19.
Mokotjo said the Quthing residents are vulnerable because many people illegally cross the border from farming towns in South Africa, bringing along the disease.

“Even now when I am speaking there is someone crossing into the country through the river,” Mokotjo said.
“They are bringing in something we might not know. With these hand-washing facilities, even illegal crossers will be forced to clean themselves before they get to their villages,” he said.

He advised the Quthing community to only use the facility for hand-washing purposes.
“Let us not see the street vendors fetching water to cook from that tank, let us not see taxi drivers washing their cars with water from that tank,” he said.
“Let us continue to wash cars and fetch cooking water from sources that we are still using now.”

’Matokelo Letsie, the Red Cross Manager in Quthing, said they work with the vulnerable especially orphans, the elderly and the disabled.
“However, this time around we realised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable are individuals at the taxi ranks,” Letsie said.
She said the taxi operators “carry passengers on a daily basis, who are vulnerable as people cross into the country”.

She said the Red Cross has produced 1 200 tippy taps in Quthing and Standard Lesotho Bank asked to join hands with them to have a greater impact.
Toka Letsie, an official in the office of the District Administrator, commended Standard Lesotho Bank and the Red Cross for collaborating in such a project to address the public’s needs.

Government, he said, was already burdened even before Covid-19 and the virus was just the final nail.
“Let us take care of these facilities and ensure that they are not vandalised,” he said.
Lerato Komiti, Standard Lesotho Bank’s Quthing manager, said most businesses felt the impact of this virus and the bank is no different.

“As a bank our duty is not only to safeguard your money, but also to contribute meaningfully towards the growth of communities that support us,” Komiti said.
“Hence, the bank saw it pertinent to contribute towards hygiene in an effort to save Basotho lives,” he said.
With the aid of these tanks, Komiti said, hygiene must improve drastically as people will have access to these hand-washing facilities.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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