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Hon. Litsoane Simon Litsoane

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MASERU- The United States-based Clinton ...
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MASERU- The United States-based Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has appointed former health and social welfare Minister of Health, Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng, executive vice-president for its HIV and AIDS and TB Global Programme.
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Dr Ramatlapeng, who is also vice-chairperson of the Global Fund-a public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), TB and malaria-is expected to bring to CHAI, a wealth of experience, particularly in the areas of HIV, AIDS and child-nutrition.
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Dr Ramatlapeng's visit to South Africa and Swaziland would help her assess the two countries' needs regarding HIV and AIDS-and enable her to advise on ways that could further strengthen the nations' HIV and AIDS-prevention and treatment programmes.
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Swaziland has the world's highest HIV-prevalence rate of 26 percent, while South Africa has more than five million people living with the virus-the highest number in the world.
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According to Dr Ramatlapeng, health systems in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the greatest number of people living with HIV, are burdened and only a few countries have ensured there is complete access to treatment for all.
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"One of the biggest challenges at the moment is ensuring we do not only eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015, but also-and critically-making certain that such mothers remain on treatment in what we refer to as the Option B-Plus initiative."
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"Challenges are in big countries such as Nigeria which, globally, contributes a quarter of vertical transmissions (mother-to-child). We are, however, there to provide advice on how such countries can make their programmes very inclusive."
Back home, she explained Lesotho's health challenges are aggravated by a high HIV-prevalence rate of 23percent and high TB incidences.
Successful campaigns such as 'Know Your Status', initiatives such as Work Place Policy on HIV and AIDS and Behaviour Change Strategy, highlighted why all stakeholders should continue to play a role in the fight against AIDS, Dr Ramatlapeng said.
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"I feel honoured to have been part of the government system. It gave me the edge to clearly understand the health situation in Lesotho and areas we still need to strengthen. With my new appointment, I will be open to give advice to the government and continue to help strengthen our health delivery system, particularly to move with them towards the Option B-Plus Option."
Dr Ramatlapeng said a strong foundation for a good system was established in Lesotho as evidenced by the establishment of several clinics in various districts.
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I was part of the government when the referral hospital was constructed.
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"There is also need to closely analyse the referral system, which I suspect is not being done properly.
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Efforts are underway to improve the nursing curriculum and also train more doctors. The Lesotho-Zimbabwe partnership is one we hope the country would benefit from if we are able to continue working on a national health-retention package to ensure our doctors do not leave to work in other countries."
She said the Health Ministry had also worked hard to benefit from the US$56million grant for the second phase of the Global Fund.
However, she explained due to the late signing of documents by the Ministry of Finance, there were delays in accessing the money.
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Featured | Pepper | October 26, ...
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Featured | Pepper | October 26, 2012 9:19 am
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Today, as you can notice, we have over 120 employees that have signed the petition. We will submit it to the office of the registrar later today, where it should procedurally receive the registrar's stamp before it goes to the Council tomorrow."
The petition partly reads: "We, the undersigned members of the NUL community, petition the University Council to relieve the vice chancellor, Dr Sharon Siverts, of her duties with immediate effect for the following reasons:
She has alienated deans, directors and heads of all sections of the university in both the administration and academic departments by her style of management, leading to a complete breakdown of working relations between her and deans and heads of other sections. She has shown extraordinary penchant for dereliction of duty. A recent example of this is that, when 2011/2012 supplementary examinations started, she disappeared, and she gave authority for a colleague she appointed to head the IT function to also disappear. She began a process of restructuring which was characterised by poor consultation, and her stubborn refusal to allow meaningful discussion of her proposals. She marginalised all sections of the university community and this led to instability on the campus." She is contemptuous of, and totally lacks respect for, practices, procedures and powers of committees established by NUL's existing rules and regulations."
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"I have been absent from the school, so really I am not aware of their grievances now.
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By Ntsau Lekhetho MASERU - Lesotho's inflation rate, measured as a percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for [...]
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MASERU- The chief executive officer of the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC), Mr Joshua Setipa, says the United States has [...]
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In an interview, the Lesotho Taekwondo ...
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In an interview, the Lesotho Taekwondo Association vice-president, Mojapela 'Mefane, on Monday this week told Public Eyethe event would also see the selection of national teams for the 2013 World Taekwondo Championship scheduled for Mexico in July.
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In an interview, the Lesotho Taekwondo Association vice-president, Mojapela 'Mefane, on Monday this week told Public Eyethe event would also see the selection of national teams for the 2013 World Taekwondo Championship scheduled for Mexico in July.
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If the performance at the Minister's Cup is anything to go by, then we are going to have a very good team for the world championship," 'Mefane said, adding players to be selected at tomorrow's competition would start preparing for the world event in January.
"As technical director, I will make sure those selected at the weekend national championship will receive good training ahead of the World Championship."
Meanwhile, Lesotho has lost both its African and World taekwondo ranking.
"We missed about three international championships in a row, and that is why we are no longer included on the rankings. The last time we were on the rankings, we were in the top 10 in Africa," said 'Mefane.
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Featured | Pepper | November ...
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Featured | Pepper | November 19, 2012 9:04 am
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MASERU-The future of the Tšepong (PTY) LTD-a consortium of five Lesotho and South African companies operating the Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital and three filter clinics in Maseru-now hangs in the balance after serious infighting among shareholders over dividends took a nasty, racial turn early this month.
The five parties-Netcare Hospital Group, Excel Health Services, Afri'nnai Health, D10 Investments and Women Investment Company-formed Tšepong (PTY) LTD, which then entered into an agreement with the Lesotho government in 2008, to finance, design, construct and operate the new referral hospital and upgrade filter clinics, namely Mabote, Qoaling and Likotsi, under a Public Private Partnership.
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According to the shareholders' agreement, Netcare-a South African company based in Johannesburg-holds majority shares of 40 percent, with Excel and Afri'nnai, of Maseru and Bloemfontein respectively, holding 20 percent shares each.
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The agreement further indicates the five partners initially undertook to put into Tšepong (PTY) Ltd, M97, 000 for the project, with Netcare pumping in M38, 800, Excel and Afri'nnai each contributing M19, 400, while Women Investment Company and D10 Investments each put in M9, 700.
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The agreement further indicates the five partners initially undertook to put into Tšepong (PTY) Ltd, M97, 000 for the project, with Netcare pumping in M38, 800, Excel and Afri'nnai each contributing M19, 400, while Women Investment Company and D10 Investments each put in M9, 700.
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We cannot allow this behaviour to perpetuate in Lesotho.
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The following day, October 31, Molema responded, again through email: "I wish fellow, previously-disadvantaged brothers and sisters can see through the big brother's plans.
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Bagwandeen, in turn, wrote to Molema and Mosotho on November 2 2012, noting: "Due to the constant aggressive, abusive and unsubstantiated emails we receive from certain shareholders, we have sought, pursuant to the last email received from Dr Mosotho, independent legal advice to secure our rights and attach hereto a 'cease and desist letter' issued against him in his capacity as a director and shareholder of Afri'nnai.
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I am a director of Tšepong.
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I am writing this in that capacity. Not as a shareholder nor director of Afri'nnai. By the way, I write what I like and I like what I write as long as I can prove it.
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We have been provided an email authored by you and sent on October30 2012 to various persons.
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Our client takes this threat seriously, and reserves its rights to report this and your other activities to the relevant authorities in South Africa and Lesotho.
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Dr Mosotho, however, defied the notice, instead writing to the Webber Wentzel: "I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 2, 2012.
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I received it after 19:00hrs on Friday. To my surprise, I was made aware about it by some of the Tšepong shareholders and directors because your client, namely Netcare, had already distributed that letter (meant for myself) to all Tšepong (Pty) Ltd shareholders and directors even before I could receive it. To my surprise, I was made aware about it by some of the Tšepong shareholders and directors because your client, namely Netcare, had already distributed that letter (meant for myself) to all Tšepong (Pty) Ltd shareholders and directors even before I could receive it.
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I wrote what I wrote as a director of Tšepong (Pty) Ltd, not as a shareholder nor director of Afri'nnai.
"Check my email once more. This might be the reason why your client distributed that letter (specifically addressed to me) to all Tšepong shareholders and directors. What I said is contained in many Tšepong Board meetings' minutes. By the way, I am not going to meet your deadline because it is a weekend, no law firm is open. I still have to consult my legal team as a Tšepong director. Give me reasonable time to respond to your letter of demand. I stand by what I wrote. I can prove it in court."
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I was taken to court by Netcare, so I really cannot talk to the media about this."
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I was taken to court by Netcare, so I really cannot talk to the media about this."
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"I'm only an employee and was appointed director of the hospital by the Board. I report to the Board. I am not involved in any financial matters of the company. Most of all, I cannot disclose any inside information about the matter because I am bound to confidentiality."
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"I'm shocked that there is one of the shareholders who took the issue to the media. I always thought as shareholders, when there is a dispute, we need to come together to the Board to resolve it.
"However, I guess we should first understand what dividends are. The company can only pay dividends as and when there is a profit. As an accountant, I understand that very well. In this case, it is true that the company had projected that we would receive dividends after two or three years, but there has not been any profit yet. The hospital only opened last year, and there has also been unexpected expenditure. I am a shareholder here and I also lent my money into this project, but I am not complaining.
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Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Operations Advisor: Health Planning and Statistics, Ms 'Majoele Makhakhe, told Public Eye government was aware of the infighting among the shareholders.
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I guess, as a ministry, we are not fully involved in the issues of Tšepong shareholders. Any dispute amongst themselves can only be addressed by themselves. The government is no party to that. It has an 18-year contract with Tšepong (Pty) Ltd as one group.
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Meanwhile, according to a financial report dated December 31, 2011 that was discussed at a special Board meeting on January 28, 2012, from a balance of M171, 911 576.62, the hospital made the following payments: M20, 356 034.50 as VAT (December 2011), M53, 546 293.28 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*November), M10 516 645.26 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*December), M20 813 993.92 to Netcare Hospitals (*Capex), M12 618 144.93 to the Netcare Hospitals (*Opex), M4 371 326.88 to the Botle Facilities Management, and M25 585 696.17 to the Development Bank of South Africa by Treasury (refund), leaving the hospital with a "closing balance" of M24 546 197.50.
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Meanwhile, according to a financial report dated December 31, 2011 that was discussed at a special Board meeting on January 28, 2012, from a balance of M171, 911 576.62, the hospital made the following payments: M20, 356 034.50 as VAT (December 2011), M53, 546 293.28 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*November), M10 516 645.26 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*December), M20 813 993.92 to Netcare Hospitals (*Capex), M12 618 144.93 to the Netcare Hospitals (*Opex), M4 371 326.88 to the Botle Facilities Management, and M25 585 696.17 to the Development Bank of South Africa by Treasury (refund), leaving the hospital with a "closing balance" of M24 546 197.50.
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Meanwhile, according to a financial report dated December 31, 2011 that was discussed at a special Board meeting on January 28, 2012, from a balance of M171, 911 576.62, the hospital made the following payments: M20, 356 034.50 as VAT (December 2011), M53, 546 293.28 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*November), M10 516 645.26 to the Netcare Hospital Group (*December), M20 813 993.92 to Netcare Hospitals (*Capex), M12 618 144.93 to the Netcare Hospitals (*Opex), M4 371 326.88 to the Botle Facilities Management, and M25 585 696.17 to the Development Bank of South Africa by Treasury (refund), leaving the hospital with a "closing balance" of M24 546 197.50.
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I also understand you had called earlier requesting a comment from Mr (Richard) Friedland. I just want to tell you that as Netcare, we are bound by the shareholders' agreement to keep confidential, any issues concerning the shareholding of Tšepong.
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Having explained that, I would simply say we have no comment on the issue. I just wonder where you got all this information from."
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Hon. Litsoane Simon Litsoane - Minister of Agriculture09:26:34 AM June
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Leaders/Features | Pepper | November 19, 2012 8:09 am
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Last month, a High Court in Botswana struck down a customary law which denied women the right to inherit the family home. In the case, the Court found that such a law violated the right to equality as guaranteed under the Botswana Constitution.
The High Court categorically rejected the idea that culture could be used as an excuse for continued discrimination. It stated: "[t]he law is biased against women…This gross and unjustifiable discrimination cannot be justified on the basis of culture…It cannot be an acceptable justification to say it is cultural to discriminate against women…Such an approach would…amount to the most glaring betrayal of the express provisions of the Constitution and the values it represents…[it] has no place in a democratic society that subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution-a Constitution that entrenches the right to equality."
The High Court in Botswana also notably rejected the Attorney General's argument that even though the law was discriminatory, the Court needed to look at broader public opinion in determining whether to strike it down. The Court "reject[ed] outright any suggestion…that the court must take into account the mood of society in determining whether there is a violation of constitutional rights as this undermines the very purpose for which the courts were established."
Here in Lesotho, where we have the third highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, such a clear ruling that discrimination against women would not be tolerated would go a long way in not only ensuring women's equality as guaranteed under Lesotho's Constitution, but also in effectively responding to the HIV epidemic.
Last year, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a commission created by UNAIDS and the United Nations Development Programme, and whose commissioners included former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, found that with an appropriate, rights-respecting legal environment we can reduce the number of people infected with HIV by almost 1 million by 2030. Last year, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a commission created by UNAIDS and the United Nations Development Programme, and whose commissioners included former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, found that with an appropriate, rights-respecting legal environment we can reduce the number of people infected with HIV by almost 1 million by 2030.
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In Lesotho, we still have myriad of laws-both customary and civil-which on their face deny women equal access to inheritance and property. Such laws make women more vulnerable to HIV infection and make it harder for women living with HIV to effectively respond to their infection, which may result in an inability to take appropriate care of themselves.
These are not just theoretical discussions. At the moment, the Lesotho Constitutional Court is currently facing whether to entrench inequality by letting a law that denies women the right to succeed to chieftainship or whether to follow in the footsteps of the Botswana High Court and reject such inequality. Striking down these types of laws and reinforcing the importance of equality between men and women is critical if we, in Lesotho, are to end the HIV epidemic and ensure equal rights for women.
*Mamoletsi Moletsi is the Secretary General of the Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.
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