Re­lief for stranded Se­bal­a­bala fam­ily

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trib­uted in help­ing us,” she said.

Among those in at­ten­dance at the han­dover cer­e­mony was HHL Na­tional Di­rec­tor ‘Mathabo Makuta, SLB Head of Mar­ket­ing ‘Make­abet­soe Ma­baleha and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo.

In her re­marks, ‘Ms Makuta noted that they came to know of the Tsi­mane fam­ily’s plight in June dur­ing a trip to Tey­ateya­neng.

“As Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Le­sotho, we di­rected oth­ers to come and as­sess the sit­u­a­tion.

“We then ad­vised our­selves that we needed to help them, es­pe­cially be­cause of the predica­ment of the chil­dren. To­gether with Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank, who pitched in with M60 000, we were able to pro­vide as­sis­tance,” she said.

‘Ms Makuta also re­vealed that HHL and SBL staff as well as the lo­cal com­mu­nity con­structed the house in Au­gust.

Speak­ing on be­half of SLB Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Mpho Vum­bukani, Ms Ma­baleha said they lent a hand dur­ing the build­ing of the house as part of their Bank@work ini­tia­tive, in which staff get in­volved in so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives.

Said Mr Vum­bukani: “Our mis­sion is to get staff in­volved in the work through the Bank@work pro­ject. We said, ‘Let’s help where there’s a need to­gether with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Le­sotho’.

“Our job is to help by bring­ing our skills. We are not just about count­ing money, but are com­mit­ted to help Ba­sotho ev­ery year.”

On his part, Mr Let­lotlo lauded the two or­gan­i­sa­tions for es­pous­ing the self­less char­ac­ter of the founder of the Ba­sotho na­tion, Moshoeshoe I, and im­plored the gath­er­ing to take the same cue.

“We need to re­alise that dis­as­ters bring Ba­sotho to­gether and we for­get some of the is­sues that di­vide us such as re­li­gion or pol­i­tics. Moshoeshoe I al­ways urged his sub­jects to sym­pa­thise with one another,” he said.

SLB Head of Mar­ket­ing ‘Make­abet­soe Ma­baleha (right) and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo (ob­scured) of­fi­cially open the house on Tues­day.

ABOVE: One of the burned build­ings be­long­ing to the Tsi­mane fam­ily. BE­LOW: The new house.

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