LHWP project in full flow

Lesotho Times - - Business -

Fam­i­lies af­fected by the con­struc­tion of phase one of the project had been suc­cess­fully re­lo­cated and com­pen­sated, said Mr Phakoe.

The re­lo­ca­tion of the house­holds for phase two had not started since its im­ple­men­ta­tion has only started now. Base­line stud­ies that will ex­plain the ex­ist­ing con­di­tions of the peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment in the area of im­ple­men­ta­tion of phase two had nev­er­the­less been com­pleted.

“We are now com­mis­sion­ing stud­ies that will pro­duce an im­pact anal­y­sis of the project be­fore con­sid­er­ing re­lo­ca­tions,” Mr Phakoe said.

Mr Ntente ex­plained the pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure un­der phase two and how Ba­sotho could ben­e­fit. He said all the pro­cure­ment guide­lines were drawn from the LHWP treaty and the phase two agree­ment.

The four pil­lars of qual­ity, cost ef­fec­tive­ness, com­pet­i­tive­ness, trans­parency un­der­pinned the pro­cure­ment process. Af­ter th­ese four are sat­is­fied, the sec­ond prin­ci­ple on pref­er­ence then kicks in, said Mr Ntente. This en­sures that pref­er­ence is given to con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors in Le­sotho first. Where th­ese can­not be found, they are then sourced from South Africa, then SADC com­mu­nity mem­ber states be­fore in­ter­na­tional en­ti­ties are con­sid­ered for the pro­cure­ment of all goods and ser­vices.

Con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors reg­is­tered in Le­sotho and in South Africa will nonethe­less share the value of all in­fra­struc­ture works on an equal mon­e­tary ba­sis, tak­ing into ac­count, among other things, their shareholding and op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. The in­fra­struc­ture work mainly re­lates to roads, camps, bridges, bulk power and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works while the main works com­prise the con­struc­tion of the dam and the tun­nels.

Mr Tukwa spoke about other an­cil­lary benefits like aqua­cul­ture, tourism, por­ta­ble wa­ter and oth­ers for eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment of Le­sotho.

In tourism, for in­stance, Mr Tukwa said the LHDA has as­sisted in im­prov­ing na­ture re­serves within project ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas, build­ing hik­ing trails while trout farm­ing con­ces­sions had been is­sued for em­ploy­ment and rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. As a re­sult, Le­sotho had carved a niche mar­ket for the ex­port of trout to South Africa and Ja­pan.

Mr Lukhele called upon any other stake­hold­ers with ideas about how to ex­tract more an­cil­lary benefits around man­age­ment of Le­sotho’s abun­dant wa­ter re­sources to bring th­ese up for dis­cus­sion and con­sid­er­a­tion by the LHDA.

South Africa had so far ben­e­fited by ac­cess­ing more than 10 bil­lion cu­bic me­tres of high qual­ity wa­ter, im­proved se­cu­rity of wa­ter sup­ply and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced wa­ter treat­ment costs while ma­jor con­tracts in the project have been im­ple­mented by South African con­trac­tors and con­sul­tants.

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