Call to preserve Thaba-bosiu
“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.