Cen­tral Bank lends help­ing hand

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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.

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