‘Lesotho digital migration on course’
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology (LUCT) yesterday honoured 28 outstanding graduands during an award-giving ceremony at its campus in Maseru.
The honorees were among the 727 students who were conferred with degrees and associate degrees during LUCT’S graduation ceremony on 17 September 2015.
However, for their outstanding performances and excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities, LUCT and various corporates and individuals yesterday bestowed more accolades which included prize money, certificates, scholarships and trophies among others. According to LUCT Senior Manager of Academic Administration, Makhauta Diaho Ntoi, the purpose of the event was to honour graduates and thank the sponsors for their commitment.
“On behalf of the management of the university, I would like to honour the alumni and further appreciate the tireless efforts that our sponsors have made in supporting LUCT,” said Ms Ntoi.
“We thank you for giving our students experimental learning during the last internship programme in your organizations, and we also appreciate the job opportunities awarded to some of them.”
She added: “We consider industry as our partners because of the opportunities that you afforded our students and the way you honoured them during the graduation last month.
“And to you the alumni, congratulations, we wish you all the best in future and remember you have been empowered to make possible the impossible.”
Representing the sponsors, Tracker Lesotho Managing Director Lisema Masheane said the support was their way of giving back to the university for producing high quality graduates.
“On behalf of the sponsors, this gesture is the least we can do to show how much we appreciate your efforts of providing industry with competent people who are contributing to economic development,” said Mr Masheane.
“This also gives us, as the private sector, the opportunity to check whether the curriculums are in line with industry requirements.
“To you the Class of 2015, it is through hard-work and commitment as well as sacrifices that you managed to attain these special awards. I hope you continue to do well and these awards will serve as inspiration to those who are yet to graduate.”
On the part of the outstanding graduands, THE Ministry of Communications’ Broadcasting Director-general (DG) Dada Moqasa says 80 percent of the work in converting the analogue broadcasting signal to digital had been done.
Mr Moqasa told the Lesotho Times this week that the only major work that remained was the installation of a transmitter at Thaba Mokehele in Mohale’s Hoek.
“I can say that 80 percent of the job has been done, and only Thaba Mokehele in Mohale’s Hoek is yet to Mvulani Nhlapo — who received a Tan Sri Dato Paduka Limkokwing Award for Excellence in the faculty of Information Technology, paid tribute to all the people who assisted them along the way to attaining their qualifications.
“We wish to share the awards with our lecturers, advisors, partners and friends who stood with us throughout the journey, and those who deemed us worthy enough to receive the awards,” he said. be completed as they are awaiting a licence to access electricity from the Lesotho Electricity Corporation,” he said.
To complete the project at Thaba Mokehele, Mr Moqasa said they would also need to construct a road network since the area is not easily accessible.
“We have been given a quotation of M4 million for the construction of a road from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport,” he said.
“However, we have asked the District Council Secretariat in Mohale’s Hoek to pitch in since a lot of money
“I also want to thank the organisations that have generously sponsored our awards and recognised the efforts we made. We are very grateful and promise to keep raising the bar in our future endevours.”
Among the sponsors was Africa Media holdings, publishers of the Lesotho Times and Sunday Express newspapers, Econet Telecom Lesotho, Standard Lesotho Bank, Tracker Lesotho, Lesotho Electricity Company, Lesotho National Development Corporation, Lesotho is required for the project and they said they would help us.”
Mr Moqasa said the Ministry of Energy had already undertaken to electrify the transmitter at the Qholaqhoe Mountains in Butha Buthe.
Digital migration involves shifting broadcasters from analogue to digital signals, and the process is key for opening up more frequencies and faster mobile broadband services. The digital technology affords countries such as Lesotho, with a frequency spectrum for only one channel under analogue, to accommodate Tourism Development Corporation, Malebo Transport, Total Garage Masianokeng, Bam Group, Stanlib Lesotho, Refiloe Matekane, Galitos, Johane Garments, Scenery Guest House and The Agency.
Letuka Mabekebeke was awarded a full sponsorship for a master’s degree in Information Technology courtesy of ‘Matšitso Makute. Ms Makute’s son, Tsitso, was pursuing the same programme before he was killed in a suspected hijacking earlier this year. 20 television channels.it also brings about better quality sound and pictures as well as catering for the hearing impaired through subtitles.
Mr Moqasa said the Set-top-box assembly plant that was earmarked for Maputsoe would no longer materialise due to “economies of scale”, adding that the Set-top-boxes decoders would now be imported. The Set-top-boxes decoders convert the analogue signal to digital eliminating the need to buy a new television set to receive digital broadcasting services.
“The Ministry, together with the
LNDC (Lesotho National Development Corporation) assessed the economies of scale and realised that it would not be sustainable to establish a Set-top-box assembly plant,” he said.
“In three weeks’ time, government will purchase the first batch of 3 000 decoders that would be made available for sale at local post offices.”
Asked when the switch from analogue to digital would take place, Mr Moqasa said Lesotho would have to wait for South Africa, which is still behind, to also complete the process to prevent signal clashes between analogue and digital.
“As a country, we need to wait a bit for South Africa to get its house in order before we fully migrate from analogue to digital as per the agreement between the two countries,” he said.
passed the number of newly-enrolled HIV positive clients into antiretroviral treatment.
“Today we are facing an epidemic which has stabilised at very high levels in this country. Although there has been noticeable decline of incidence, the level is still too high to realise the Millennium Development Goals of 2015,” Dr Letsie said.
“However, the challenge posed by both HIV and TB is cross cutting and requires multi-sectoral approach to achieve set targets. The Ministry of Health is therefore working with other ministries, development partners, and multiple stakeholders to establish a coordinated response to the HIV and TB epidemics. HIV and AIDS have had and continue to have a major impact on the health work force capacity in Lesotho.
“It contributes to loss of valuable health care providers through death and absenteeism and increases work stress and burnout which in turn leads to poor performance.”
She said among the interventions the ministry had embarked on to stem the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and TB included the development, launch and review of the road map for acceleration of reduction of maternal and new-born mortality, deployment of additional doctors and nurses from outside the country, and provision of incentives for village health workers.
LUCT outstanding graduands and sponsors pose for a group portrait during the award-giving ceremony yesterday.