Chi­nese firm res­cues vil­lagers

Lesotho Times - - News - Mo­halenyane Phakela

A CHI­NESE com­pany, Le­sotho Stone En­ter­prise has come to the res­cue of drought-hit Ha Ral­isieng vil­lagers in the Lekokoa­neng area of the Berea district by drilling and do­nat­ing a bore­hole val­ued at M150 000.

The com­pany fur­ther do­nated M20 000 to fix another bore­hole in the area.

Com­pany di­rec­tor, David Zhai said dur­ing the re­cent han­dover cer­e­mony that they con­sid­ered them­selves a part of the com­mu­nity hence the de­ci­sion to al­le­vi­ate the wa­ter cri­sis.

“We all know the im­por­tance of wa­ter to hu­man life as well as of an­i­mals,” Mr Zhai said, adding, “We ex­e­cuted this project in or­der to elim­i­nate the wa­ter cri­sis as part of the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity of our com­pany which is part of this com­mu­nity”.

“We are also will­ing to main­tain the bore­hole so that peo­ple will al­ways have ac­cess to clean wa­ter,” he said.

The han­dover cer­e­mony was at­tended by Min­is­ters Kimetso Mathaba (Wa­ter) and Lebohang Thotanyane (Min­ing), Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Sun Xianghua, Wa­ter Min­istry Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Khomat­sana Tau, Prin­ci­pal Chief of Berea Sempe Ma­jara, District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mot­samai Mokoto, the con­stituency’s Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Africa Makakane, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice SSP Mot­latsi Map­ola and the Chi­nese busi­ness com­mu­nity among oth­ers.

Le­sotho Stone En­ter­prise started op­er­at­ing in Lekokoa­neng in 2003 and now em­ploys more than 300 staff from the com­mu­nity. It is one of the top sup­pli­ers of sand­stone to lo­cal and South African mar­kets.

For his part, Am­bas­sador Xianghua said that the bore­hole do­na­tion was yet another sig­nif­i­cant mon­u­ment to strengthen Sino-ba­sotho ties.

“The friend­ship be­tween the Chi­nese peo­ple and Ba­sotho is like wa­ter and air mean­ing we can­not live with­out one another.

“There is a Chi­nese say­ing which states that ‘if you drink wa­ter from a well you will not for­get who dug it’. The bore­hole is a sign of the com­mit­ment of the Chi­nese busi­ness com­mu­nity to Ba­sotho and it proves that we care about the well­be­ing of Ba­sotho,” he said.

Honourable Mathaba thanked the com­pany for as­sist­ing the min­istry re­solve the wa­ter cri­sis, say­ing, “due to cli­mate change there has been a very high scarcity of wa­ter as the El Nino drought caused many wa­ter sources to dry up”.

“This bore­hole has not only helped the min­istry and the com­mu­nity of Lekokoa­neng to ac­cess clean wa­ter, but it also proves the com­mit­ment of Chi­nese peo­ple to help­ing us as they also ben­e­fit from our re­sources.

“The wa­ter min­istry is cur­rently in­volved in a big project with this com­pany of provid- ing wa­ter across the area and we are also in a process of trans­fer­ring wa­ter from Me­to­long Dam so that you can have run­ning wa­ter in your houses,” Honourable Mathaba said.

Min­is­ter Thotanyane echoed Honourable Mathaba’s sen­ti­ments and urged other quar- ry­ing com­pa­nies to em­u­late Le­sotho Stone En­ter­prise in help­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in their ar­eas of op­er­a­tion.

The com­mu­nity mem­bers ul­u­lated and danced to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the com­pany’s ges­ture.

Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Le­sotho Dr sun Xianghua cuts the rib­bon along­side Min­is­ters Lebohang Thotanyane (Min­ing) and Kimetso Mathaba (Wa­ter).

Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Le­sotho Dr sun Xianghua, Min­is­ters Lebohang Thotanyane (Min­ing), Kimetso Mathaba (Wa­ter) and Le­sotho stone en­ter­prise di­rec­tor David Zhai (far right) test the bore­holes.

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