Call to pre­serve Thaba-bo­siu

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“We, as a cor­po­ra­tion, are re­ally con­cerned about garbage be­ing dis­carded so freely by visi­tors to this site and we urge them to make use of refuse-bins that are on sight as they tour this mon­u­ment,” Ms Mot­soe­neng said.

Thaba-bo­siu plateau is an im­por­tant his­toric site for Le­sotho as it served as King Moshoeshoe I’s fortress in the early 19th cen­tury. his grave and those of other great Ba­sotho chiefs can be seen on the plateau, as well as two of the King’s dwellings.

Ms Mot­soe­neng has fur­ther ap­pealed to neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties to pro­tect the her­itage site for both tourism pur­poses and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

“We urge mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to keep their live­stock away from the plateau so that the an­i­mals do not dam­age the gravesites be­cause they are im­por­tant struc­tures of our her­itage. They need to be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and we can­not just stand by and let parts of our history dis­ap­pear be­fore our eyes.

“We would want in­di­vid­u­als to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing, re­spect­ing and pre­serv­ing this place in its nat­u­ral state. We also want to urge the com­mu­nity to re­port any acts of van­dal­ism to the rel­e­vant author­i­ties,” Ms Mot­soe­neng said, adding the cor­po­ra­tion was open to part­ner­ing any in­sti­tu­tion or in­di­vid­ual to en­sure the Thaba-bo­siu en­vi­ron­ment re­mains clean.

“We be­lieve the youths are best-placed to spread in­for­ma­tion. They be­come the best stew­ards for pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive habits to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment, while also learn­ing ways to rid the en­vi­ron­ment of harm­ful non­biodegrad­able prod­ucts such as plas­tic bags.”

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics at the Thaba-bo­siu Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, the plateau is one of the most vis­ited tourist-des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

On be­half of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Se­abata Len­gosane of Busi­ness Ini­tia­tive Group of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the CBL for the ges­ture.

“We should all praise God for be­ing among the groups which were se­lected and we wish to thank the CBL whole­heart­edly for the do­na­tions,” said Mr Len­gosane.

“We have no words to ex­press our grat­i­tude, but the CBL should know that this has been a suc­cess. Dr Mat­lanyane will agree with me that suc­cess is not nec­es­sar­ily mea­sured in ei­ther mon­e­tary terms or ma­te­rial things, but by the legacy one leaves be­hind in this world.

“Such is what the CBL is leav­ing be­hind to­day. Be­cause of their con­tri­bu­tion, my suc­cess will ben­e­fit my chil­dren in fu­ture and they will know it as a legacy that was brought about by this bank.”

he added that the Busi­ness Ini­tia­tive Group of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties would use the funds to build a pig­gery and poul­try farm that would en­able peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to sus­tain them­selves as well as open sav­ings and in­vest­ment ac­counts.

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