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Spotlight on foreign-owned manufacturers’ tax holiday

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – While most Basotho-owned companies are struggling to comply with near-crippling tax obligations, some foreign-owned manufacturing firms seem to have it easy. Foreign-owned manufacturing companies, in particular textile factories, are benefiting from a raft of tax relief measures which leave them ultimately contributing a trivial proportion – around five

Shoot them, we’ll collect corpses: Tšolo

Keiso Mohloboli Minister in the prime minister’s office, Temeki Tšolo, has made an appalling remark in support to police brutality this week. “Shoot them, we will collect their corpses,” the Mafeteng legislator under Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) banner instructed the district’s police on Thursday. Tšolo, who has been labelled

China writes-off Lesotho’s multi-million worth debts

By Lerato Matheka Lesotho has had its two debts of the construction of the ’Manthabiseng National Convention Center and the New Parliament Building costs worth more than M150 million written-off by the People’s Republic of China. This write-off comes after China resort to bailing out African countries of their interest-free loans which

Thabane slams West, sings praises to China

…says China-Africa deals are not threat to sovereignty By Lerato Matheka Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has this week allayed fears that loans and grants received from the People’s Republic of China could be a threat to the country’s sovereignty. Thabane was speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday following his return from

Fractures weaken Lesotho’s ruling party

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE Tom Thabane was jeered by assembled supporters of his own party last week, in what political analysts see as a sign that his days as the Lesotho’s Prime Minister may be numbered. The rowdiness that marked the All Basotho Convention (ABC) navel-gazing “sabbatical conference” in the far southern district of

The Fight to Save Lesotho’s Land

By Olivia Konotey MOHALE’S-HOEK - The village of Ha-Khitšane is built on sand. In the approaching warmth of Spring, daffodils push themselves out of the ground amongst patches of parched grass. In the ground behind her house, ‘Mamonaheng Belete is planting peach trees. It is a way of restoring land which storms

Hands on Internships on Investigative Journalism starting from August 20, 2018.

The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ), with financial support from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), invites applications from print and broadcast journalists aspiring to undergo a three-month intensive investigative reporting internship with the Centre. This project is meant to cultivate, enhance and promote investigative journalism in Lesotho. The

Saved from chains of child marriage

BILLY NTAOTE and SECHABA MOKHETHI Schools in rural communities are faced with high drop-outs as a result of early child marriage or teenage pregnancy, both sad reality that perpetuates the circle of poverty and shutter dreams of many girls. For Nthatuoa*, falling pregnant in her teenage was the last thing on her