‘Le­sotho dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion on course’

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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.

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