Econet hands over phones to fight Covid-19

Econet hands over phones to fight Covid-19

MASERU-ECONET Telecom Lesotho has donated over one hundred mobile phones towards the fight against the Covid-19.
The mobile phones worth M75 000 were handed over to the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) as the custodian of the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.

They include airtime and sim cards.
The Covid-19 Solidarity Fund is a private sector initiative to assist the government in the fight against the disease that has so far infected more than 500 and killed over ten people in Lesotho.
The mobile phones will be used by chiefs as part of the border patrol management initiative to control and report crossings between Lesotho and South Africa.

The phones will improve the communication between the chiefs and the National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) to which Econet has also provided a dedicated toll-free call centre number.
Puleng Masoabi, Econet’s Public Relations Manager, said the donation is an indication of the company’s commitments to help the country fight Covid-19.

Masoabi said Econet has so far donated over M5 million worth of telecommunications products, services and personal protective equipment towards efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

“What we are donating now is in addition to the existing initiatives that we have already facilitated and we hope chiefs will use these mobile phones to report villagers who illegally cross in and out of the country” said Masoabi.
“The purpose of this initiative is to help ease communication between chiefs and legal authorities in the country as far as Covid-19 and other issues that may need to be reported are concerned.”

Statistics indicate that the majority of the confirmed cases in Lesotho were imported from South Africa, especially through illegal crossing.
Ntaote Seboka, the president of LCCI and Covid-19 Solidarity Fund, said they have already identified chiefs from border villages in Butha-Buthe, Mokhotlong, Qacha’s Nek, Quthing and Mohale’s Hoek.

“We encourage the beneficiaries to use these handsets for the purpose that they are intended to serve which is to report illegal border crossings,” Seboka said.
“The communities should also protect Econet towers and report acts of vandalism.”

Staff Reporter

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