Lesotho needs bureaux of standards
I AM writing this letter in my personal capacity with the hope of mitigating the challenges Lesotho’s businesses, especially the construction and engineering sectors are faced with. Lesotho is a unique country in its landscape, shape and natural resources it is endowed with.
Construction entities led and managed by professionals are needed in Lesotho to restore the dilapidating, deteriorating and dysfunctional private and public buildings are just amongst others that Lesotho’s professionals need to form this body and more to account on Lesotho’s infrastructure.
Other countries pride themselves with their statutory entities that oversee the structural integrity of buildings in those respective countries, to mention just the few, NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council), MBSA (Masters Builders South Africa), CEA (Construction Engineering Association) The concrete institute etc.
Such statutory bodies usually represent various professional fields and specific skills. Once the government has endorsed such en- tities and their members, Lesotho will then start having a pool of specialised contractors which each contractor in various fields, i.e. roofing, waterproofing, bricks suppliers, concrete precast suppliers, building contractors, electrical contractors, tubing contractors, plumbing contractors etc. will be a member of its affiliated representative council.
Lesotho unfortunately finds itself in a situation of only excepting or endorsing SABS standards on some sectors and fields of manufacturing, there are proudly Basotho-made construction or engineering solutions that could easily supersede SABS standards and actually meet ISO 900/9001 standards, we just need the similar above mentioned institutes to over sees that Basotho’s manufactures, contractors, home-made solutions to get stamp of approval from such entities formed by Basotho for Basotho.
Lesotho is unique, Lesotho has one rich part of life which is water.
After recently relocating to this beautiful country due to business interests, I have travelled the length and breadth of the nation with my expertise I saw one country that could take the world economies by storm if only various fields and entities could be endorsed by Lesotho’s government which I have noticed prides itself with open minded representatives whom some I’ve interacted with.
Once either 1: Trade Industry, 2: Public Works, 3: Water and Minerals, 4: Mining, 5: Energy, 6: Roads etc ministries endorse and create a database for this various fields professionals member Associations, any infrastructure project Lesotho will or is planning to undertake will proudly be constructed by Basotho and Lesotho based companies.
Professional entities from various skills of work will be represented by their statutory member group they belong to.
Basotho just need to unite even more and stop crossing the border for information or worse off, buying products/services across the border which are available in Lesotho but unfortunately operate solo hence either no recognition or such companies are unknown because they don’t have a statutory body they belong to.
After my arrival in Lesotho, there was one Minister who was interviewed on radio regarding ‘recently hired vehicles’ by the new government Basotho recently put to power, there was some negativity.
However in my business dealings and various engagement I’ve managed to convince many Basotho that most aspects of what the Minister was saying that Basotho need to work on it.
The Minister called on Basotho to unite and form a body that will make a representation on behalf of that transport sector once Treasury. The minister was clear that the government is prepared to work with Basotho-owned companies.
The government of Lesotho is making a plea to Basotho that they unite and form one company that will make a representation for its Members.
I am hoping that many Basotho did hear the minister and headed the ideas of how working together with one common goal could resuscitate Lesotho’s economy.
Lesotho is rich with its diversified culture and beams out loud with Love and dedication for its majestic and recreational activities.
Through my interaction with various government stake holders, Lesotho’s Government is prepared to endorse any Basotho’s proud initiative for as long as professionalism will be kept and accountability policies enacted.
I am calling on all Lesotho’s professionals to put it upon ourselves that we start an initiative which will eventually encompasses the idea of having Lesotho’s Bureau of Standards.
The following areas can be represented by Basotho;
Acoustics, adhesive and packaging, agrochemicals, automotive, building and construction, chemicals, chromatography civil engineering, clothing, electronics appliances, energy efficiency, engineering, environment (ems), explosion prevention, fibre and polymers, food and beverages, industrial chemistry, lighting technology, mark scheme, mechanical and fluids, medicine and health, metrology, mining & minerals, paints & sealants, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, radiation protection, rotating machinery, rubber & plastics, security and quality audits, solar water heating, textiles & leather, timber, transportation.
Fanyana David Mofokeng.