MGC comes to vil­lagers’ aid

Lesotho Times - - News - Mo­halenyane Phakela

VIL­LAGERS reel­ing from the ef­fects of the El Nino-in­duced drought in Man­tšonyane, Thaba Tseka district re­ceived some wel­come re­lief af­ter Matekane Group of Com­pa­nies (MGC) do­nated 4 400 bags of maize.

The 50kg bags of maize were on Tues­day handed over to vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity such as or­phans, the phys­i­cal­ly­chal­lenged and the el­derly from 11 vil­lages.

Ac­cord­ing to Nt­sokoane vil­lage Area Chief Lipha­pang Matekane the ges­ture was the sec­ond do­na­tion by his younger brother, MGC founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sam Matekane, to as­sist peo­ple in his home­town of Man­tšonyane.

Chief Matekane said his brother ini­ti­ated the do­na­tions in 2014 to al­le­vi­ate the plight of vil­lagers with poor har­vests due to drought con­di­tions.

As an area chief for one of the vil­lages from the area, Chief Matekane over­saw the project by re­quest­ing chiefs from the se­lected vil­lages to sub­mit names of vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies need­ing food aid.

In 2014 MGC do­nated 2 200 bags of maize to fam­i­lies from six vil­lages.

“The whole area of Man­tšonyane suf­fered a se­vere drought in 2014 and most peo­ple were not able to plough, let alone har­vest from their fields. Our an­i­mals too were dy­ing at a very high rate as they had noth­ing to eat nor wa­ter to drink,” said Chief Matekane.

“My younger brother re­alised that the peo­ple were par­a­lyzed by hunger. So he asked me to gather other area chiefs and ask them to sub­mit the names of fam­i­lies which were most vul­ner­a­ble to hunger so he could do­nate maize bags to them.”

He said this year they in­creased the num­ber of vil­lages ben­e­fit­ing from the do­na­tion from six to nine.

“The Lord blessed him (Mr Matekane) more this year and he was able to do­nate to more vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies. I be­lieve He will bless him more so he can reach out to more fam­i­lies,” said Chief Matekane.

A com­mu­nity coun­cilor from Ha Toka vil­lage which also ben­e­fited from the do­na­tion, Nthene Nkena, told the Le­sotho Times on the side­lines of the han­dover cer­e­mony the food aid was very handy.

“There are so many peo­ple who sleep on empty stom­achs while oth­ers have re­sorted to eat­ing herbs to sur­vive,” he said.

“Be­cause of the drought, we were un­able to plough our fields and it is only last sea­son that we started re­ceiv­ing rain and started to cul­ti­vate. How­ever, we have not yet reached the har­vest sea­son.

“This do­na­tion will cer­tainly go a long way in as­sist­ing the vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and we thank Ntate Matekane for his gen­eros­ity.”

some of THE BEN­E­FI­CIA­RIES of THE Food AID.

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