Central Bank lends helping hand
The Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) has warned visitors to Thaba-bosiu plateau against littering one of the country’s most illustrious heritage sites.
The call was made by LTDC Public Relations Manager, ‘Manchafalo Motsoeneng, during a cleaning campaign of the national monument on Friday last week.
The cleaning was conducted by LTDC staff in conjunction with Machabeng College students.
“The purpose of our campaign today is twofold. Firstly, it is aimed at benefitting the students by learning about the Great Moshoeshoe I, founder of the Basotho nation, who made this mountain his fortress and secondly, it is to engage them in cleaning this place which is sometimes littered by visitors. The Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) disbursed M926 081 on Monday to needy schools and communities as part of its social responsibility programme.
The schools which benefited from the programme included Matsepe Primary School ( M50 000), Lekoatsa Primary School (M62 300), James Makhobalo Primary School (M102 612.20), Quthing Secondary School (M79 000), Bereng Primary School (M50 748), Lepolesa Primary School (M16 805) and Ngoajane Primary School (M182 416.50).
The CBL also donated M75 000 to the National University of Lesotho, Tlalinyane L.E.C.S.A Church (M57 600), Lihlookong villagers (M60 000) and Business Initiative Group of Persons with Disabilities (M90 000).
Most of the beneficiary schools such as Lekoatsa Primary School had applied for funds towards infrastructure development and refurbishment since they did not have enough classrooms for their students.
Tlalinyane L.E.C.S.A. Church had applied for sponsorship to pro- cure benches for congregants, while Lihlookong villagers had applied for funding to restore their homes which were destroyed by a storm in February this year.
In her address at the handover ceremony in Maseru, CBL Governor Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane said the process of identifying the beneficiaries was rigorous to ensure the money was given to those who needed it the most. She said the apex bank’s corporate social responsibility policy focuses on such areas as human development, social development, environmental protection, good governance and economic development.
“We receive many applications from vulnerable groups annually and we try to give back to society at least twice a year through our corporate social responsibility initiatives,” Dr Matlanyane said.
“We do this because we are part of the larger society and live within the communities. We see daily the hardships people face which cannot be ignored such as those faced by children in getting an education and the health sector for instance.
“I urge the recipients to use the money for its intended purposes, and the bank will conduct followups to ensure it is used as such. This initiative marks the first step towards establishing a long-term partnership with the beneficiaries because some of the projects that the money will be used for will leave a legacy that showcases the CBL’S contribution.”
CBL Governor Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane (left) hands over a cheque to Business Initiative Group of Persons with Disabilities founder Seabata Lengosane.