So­lar en­ergy plant on the cards

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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.

‘MaMore­heng ra­toko.

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