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SA new laws expose Lesotho to trafficking

MATIISETSO MOSALA South Africa’s decision to scrap laws that required travelers to produce unabridged birth certificates and supporting documents for children travelling across its borders has left Basotho minors prone to human trafficking. From June 01, 2015, Department of Home Affairs in South Africa introduced immigration regulations that required all passengers under the

Ray of hope for vegetable production amid harsh climate change

Nteboheleng Thamae Climate change is considered one of the biggest crises facing humanity today, it has posted threats to food security due to negative effects on agriculture, but a legion of smallholder farmers in Lesotho are fighting to defy the odds and are cashing in on vegetable production. One such farmer is Tšepo Massa,

Cabinet guarantees M2.4 billion loans for unvetted companies

Billy Ntaote Against the advice of Minister of Finance, Moeketsi Majoro, Lesotho cabinet has approved a whopping M2.4 billion for yet flawed sports facilities project as the country prepares to host Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 games in December 2020. Majoro had noted in a secret cabinet memorandum to cabinet huge risks of the

Mokhotlong communities gear up to preserve wetlands

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA Lesotho’s rich and diverse animal, water, plant and aquatic biodiversity that used to provide a critical ecosystem that served as a buffer against the harsh climate change are being depleted, but Mokhotlong communities are starting to come together to act. This experience of dramatic loss of biodiversity negatively affects livelihoods, water supply, and food chain and lessens

Apology

In our article titled: ‘Shi Exchanged Farmers’ Wool For Machinery’ dated July 22, 2019, We erroneously reported that “Maseru Dawning Trading (Pty) LTD, owned by Chinese national Stone Shi, was reported by the Central Bank of Lesotho during its appearance before the ad-hoc committee, to have violated its broker-license regulations

Fleet tender manager assumes work amid court storm

BILLY NTAOTE A joint-venture that was awarded government’s fleet tender worth M100 million has begun operations amid an ongoing High Court battle challenging the contract. Fleet Service Lesotho and Silverstone Fleet Solutions started work on 9 July by inspecting vehicles belonging to the government fleet. On the instruction of Finance Principal Secretary, Motena Tšolo, all government and leased

‘Shi exchanged farmers’ wool for machinery’

Central Bank exposes Shi’s ‘flouting’ of financial laws RELEBOHILE KHOALE A parliamentary ad-hoc committee investigating effects of Lesotho government policy localising buying and selling of wool and mohair last week heard how a Chinese firm abused its position and contravened its licensing regulations. Maseru Dawning Trading (Pty) LTD, owned by Chinese national Stone Shi, was reported by the

Minister hails under-fire wool and mohair policy and blames saga on politicians

RELEBOHILE KHOALE The Minister of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing, Chalane Phori has defended the Thaba-Bosiu-based Lesotho Wool Centre auction as a lucrative deal set to benefit farmers in the near future. Phori made this submission to parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating the sale of wool and mohair at the Centre following an outcry

Parly grills under-fire Chinese wool and mohair broker

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating Lesotho’s wool and mohair sector on Wednesday grilled under-fire Chinese businessman, Stone Shi. Shi is now the sole broker of the country’s wool and mohair after being handed the role through amendments to an existing regulation by the government last year. He does this through the Lesotho Wool Centre—a joint-venture entered

How wool and mohair farmers were tossed into poverty

…farmers association blames government and Chinese national BILLY NTAOTE Thousands of families that depend on wool and mohair revenue are now said to be in dire need of food aid as a result of a government policy to localise the sale of their precious products through a Chinese national, Stone Shi. This unfortunate development was revealed

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