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Hon. Litsoane Simon Litsoane

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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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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 | December 8, ...
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Featured | Pepper | December 8, 2012 7:10 am
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"I am part of the coalition government voluntarily so I am also in charge. I wonder if the NSS are also following the Prime Minister. I'm saying this because I'm going to talk to him about this issue," Metsing said.
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"People who always send these NSS officers after me know by now that I'm not a quitter.
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I have the perseverance to successfully work for the coalition government and never give up."
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"I will always be committed to the coalition government, but we should stop badmouthing the LCD in the media because this will not take us anywhere.
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In an apparent attempt to woo back former LCD members who defected to the Democratic Congress (DC) with erstwhile leader Mosisili, Metsing-who is also the Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government comprising the LCD, All Basotho Convention and Basotho National Party-said: "Among all rural districts, yours received a lot of attention from the LCD government and some people are not happy about this.
"And I tell you, if people insist there should be no more services delivered to the Qacha's Nek people, this coalition government would collapse."
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"I agree the LCD is alive here and let's become LCD members in high numbers Melele (referring to the Qacha's Nek people) and let's protect what we got from the LCD government."
The role of the LCD in the coalition government was to protect the good policies implemented and formulated by the past LCD government, he further told the rally.
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Leaders/Features | Pepper | November 30, 2012 11:47 am
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Unlike some farmers who blame shifting weather patterns for their poor harvests, it is a different song at Chief Masupha's plot, where the fifth of his six children-Mr Solomon Masupha-has embarked on a mission to prove an agricultural point.
In the three years he has intensified his farming efforts, Mahlatsa residents have learnt one valuable lesson-that venturing into an agricultural enterprise that generates money on a daily basis, is the way to go.
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"I decided to transform the whole operation by buying machinery that would enable me to run a hygienic and lucrative dairy operation.
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For years, young Solomon had watched his father toil for his family through livestock, maize and fruit-production, with the older Masupha always encouraging his children to engage in agriculture and also emphasising Lesotho produced the best organic-based beef.
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"That is why with this tried and tested knowledge, I always frown at the contradictions that have become part of our society, when it comes to agriculture.
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My father believes growing maize and sorghum is not the best way out of poverty; he believes in diversification with a major focus on livestock-production, which I am also passionate about," Masupha said.
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"After a careful study, I realised I needed to do a lot of improvements and also engage a veterinarian to keep the animals healthy. I resigned from my job in 2009 to become a fulltime farmer. I also believed in living my dream early, while I still had enough energy to work the land-the same way my father had done ."
Three years ago, he added more Friesland and Jersey cows, which he bought from South Africa. He also bred two bulls for meat and milk-production stock.
"I was targeting the dairy market and wanted to run it differently. I did a bit of dairy management training in South Africa to make sure I knew the market's expectations."
However, the high cost of fodder is a major threat to his business, hence his decision to increase yellow maize-production to always ensure adequate feed for his animals.
"I rented many plots around here and managed to feed my animals and also have surplus to mill for sale, locally. Last year when most farmers were complaining that drought had affected their cropping, I harvested 35 000kgs of maize," Masupha said, adding this year is also looking promising.
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"I have already completed weeding my maize crop and expecting more than what I got last year."
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"However, there are no sufficient efforts to help farmers wishing to construct small dams for irrigation purposes."
Masupha said for more than a year, he has been trying to get help to construct a dam in Mahlatsa.
"I have given up on local-intervention and am now working towards getting assistance from South Africa," he said.
He also said the process of getting permits to buy high-quality animal breeds in South Africa was also cumbersome.
"I had planned to buy 10 cattle this year, but I am still waiting for the permit from the Department of Livestock," he said.
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Featured | Pepper | November 23, 2012 11:23 am
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MASERU-Government is investigating "circumstances" surrounding the Lesotho Diamond Academy's establishment last year and its sponsorship by the then Ministry of Natural Resources.
The probe, Public Eye has learnt, followed the discovery of the funding that was reportedly not budgeted for, and also that the Academy-which is owned by businessman and All Basotho Convention legislator Mr Michael Molefe-was not registered with the Ministry of Education and Training.
A source within the Ministry of Education told Public Eye the Minister of Education and Training, Mrs 'Makabelo Mosothoane, had reportedly refused to approve the college's registration following a request to do so soon after being sworn into office in June this year.
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The source said: "What happened was sometime in 2010, the then Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Natural Resources, approached our PS (Ministry of Education), requesting the approval of the registration of the academy.
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But according to the source, after turning down the proposal to register the college, Mrs Mosothoane reportedly sent the file containing the registration documents, to the Minister of Mining, Mr Tlali Khasu.
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Public Eye has been informed the Natural Resources Ministry was paying M249 000 each trimester for the running of the school.
The money was broken down as follows: M150 000 for students' allowances, M75 000 for the college's rental and M24 000 for security.
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Public Eye further sought comment from the former Education Minister, who is also a senior member of the main opposition Democratic Congress (DC), Dr 'Mamphono Khaketla, on why the college had not been registered, but to no avail.
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We should put our political affiliations aside and agree on the right way to handle and approach diamond issues, just like water issues and we should do that as citizens of this country, for this country.
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Molefe, on his part, yesterday confirmed the college-which operates from the Lesotho National Development Corporation Centre in Maseru-was being partly funded by the government.
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Molefe said: "We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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Molefe said: "We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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Registration of this school is being processed as we speak. To register a tertiary institution like this with the Ministry of Education is not a once-off thing.
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Students had been promised internships in Botswana, Brazil, the USA and Israel, but this has not happened to the first intake, which ended lessons in December last year.
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Students had been promised internships in Botswana, Brazil, the USA and Israel, but this has not happened to the first intake, which ended lessons in December last year.
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A representative of the 2011 intake, Tlotliso Ranthona, on Tuesday this week narrated a sad tale, in an interview with Public Eye.
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Ranthona said: "Management has failed to organise our graduation ceremony, despite our completing the course last year.
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Among some of the grievances, the students were complaining that they had not received their allowances for the second and third terms (M3000 each for every term), and that last year's intake-the college's first batch of students-had not received their certificates.
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