An­other feather to Bashoeshoe’s cap

Lesotho Times - - Business - Bereng Mpaki

A LOCAL fleet man­age­ment com­pany, Bashoeshoe Pele has added ICAP Le­sotho, a health-re­lated non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion to its grow­ing clien­tele base.

Bashoeshoe was es­tab­lished in 2015 by lo­cals who had spot­ted an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide trans­port and as­so­ci­ated ser­vices which are of­ten pro­vided by for­eign com­pa­nies.

As a re­sult of their agree­ment which came into ef­fect on 14 Novem­ber this year, the com­pany now sup­plies 60 ve­hi­cles to ICAP Le­sotho, who have be­come the lat­est ad­di­tion to a client base that in­cludes a num­ber of government min­istries like Gen­der; Home Af­fairs; For­eign Af­fairs; Law and Jus­tice; Tourism; and De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning.

Clients from civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clude Pop­u­la­tion Ser­vices In­ter­na­tional (PSI), Le­sotho Planned Par­ent­hood As­so­ci­a­tion, Univer­sity Re­search Co. (URC), as well as sports as­so­ci­a­tions and pri­vate com­pa­nies like LSP Con­struc­tion.

Bashoeshoe’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Pop­pie Man­don­sela ( pic­tured) told the Le­sotho Times the ICAP Le­sotho deal was an­other step in the right direc­tion for the com­pany.

“When we started this com­pany, we had a dream of em­pow­er­ing Ba­sotho and im­prov­ing their lives,” Ms Madon­sela said, adding, “So, wel­com­ing yet an­other client means that we are slowly ful­fill­ing that pas­sion”.

She said the fact that a local com­pany had been en­trusted with the task of sup­ply­ing ve­hi­cles over a for­eign-based one meant that money would re­main in the coun­try to im­prove the lives of Ba­sotho.

Ms Madon­sela said in the short space of time since its in­cep­tion, the com­pany had made huge strides in pen­e­trat­ing the public, pri­vate and civic so­ci­ety ve­hi­cle rental mar­ket and they were count­ing on the sup­port of Ba­sotho for con­tin­ued growth.

“We have changed lives of many Ba­sotho in the short pe­riod we have been in op­er­a­tion.

The peo­ple we hire ve­hi­cles from, the driv­ers and our em­ploy­ees are im­me­di­ate ben­e­fi­cia­ries but there is also a wider mul­ti­plier ef­fect where other sup­port­ing en­ti­ties ben­e­fit,” she said.

The com­pany is also pas­sion­ate about peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties and is fo­cus­ing its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ef­forts on im­prov­ing their lives.

“We are or­gan­is­ing a fundrais­ing fun walk for Jan­uary to­wards help­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties be­cause we want them to en­joy qual­ity life like ev­ery­one else and not be hid­den in­doors and ne­glected,” she said.

Bashoeshoe Pele of­fers a wide range of ve­hi­cle and plant hire ser­vices pooled from or­di­nary Ba­sotho from all cor­ners of the coun­try re­gard­less of so­cial sta­tus, po­lit­i­cal and religious af­fil­i­a­tions.

The ve­hi­cles in­clude sedans, bakkies, mini-buses, sprint­ers, trucks, mo­tor bikes and dif­fer­ent types of plant ma­chin­ery.

The com­pany also pro­vides school trans­port, chauf­feur as well as tour op­er­at­ing among other ser­vices.

Cur­rently, the com­pany has pool of about 1 000 ve­hi­cles which are in­sured with pas­sen­ger and third party li­a­bil­ity. The ve­hi­cles are also un­der ve­hi­cle track­ing sys­tem for 24 hours sur­veil­lance.

The com­pany can de­liver to a client within 24 hours and they also boast of a rapid re­sponse sys­tem to prob­lems their ve­hi­cles may en­counter dur­ing ser­vice.

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