Solar energy plant on the cards
fects on their health,” he said.
He said it was also important to ensure the electricity was affordable to ordinary Basotho women.
Technologies for Economic Development (TED) Managing Director ‘Mantopi Lebofa echoed the sentiment, saying it was sad that women and children continued to suffer in silence from the effects of household air pollution.
“Energy is women’s business. We have thousands of tuberculous cases caused by inhaling the smoke from candles, paraffin lamps and open fires,” she said.
Ms Lebofa said it was important for everyone to put their heads together and ensure Lesotho meets the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 7 which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Ms Lebofa said there was no reason for failing to achieve the SDGs on clean and safe energy when the country experienced at least “300 days of free sunlight annually”.
“Seventy percent of Basotho reside in rural areas and rural communities rely mostly on unclean and unsafe energy. We seriously need to do something,” Ms Lebofa said.
She said if given access to clean and safe energy, women would use it wisely some were already doing at the Kopanang ka Lerato Basali ba Patlong cooperative in Qacha’s Nek.
The cooperative makes a living selling organic fruits for sale dried on a solar machine.
The women have made it their business to each plant five organic fruit trees per month.
energy Minister Selibe Mochoboroane.