SA Minister Gigaba announced Special Dispensation for Lesotho Immigrants
Last week the controversial South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced measures to improve movement between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. This was after bilateral negotiations between the Ministers of Home affairs of the two countries and their senior officials in Lesotho, during the official visit of Minister Gigaba, of 21 to 22 September. Minister Gigaba said management of movement between the two countries cannot be handled by South Africa on its own. Both countries have a role to play. In this agreement, the beneficiaries will be travellers, especially frequent travellers.
Lesotho Special Dispensation
The Minister has said repeatedly that agreements on migrants between countries c…
Election Results lead to first Coalition Government
The leader of Lesotho’s main opposition party has announced a coalition government with smaller parties after the 28 February election had no outright winner. Pakalitha Mosisili, leader of the Democratic Congress, said in the capital Maseru this week that he will form a government with former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy and several other smaller parties to gain a majority win.
Lesotho’s 120 cabinet seats are allocated using a combination electoral system, in which 80 seats are decided by constituency votes and 40 seats are calculated proportionally. The new coalition has a majority of 61 seats, without the proportional result. The Democratic Congress won 37 constitue…
General Elections this Weekend with Ramaphosa as Observer
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will spend the weekend in Lesotho observing the country’s general elections as the Southern African Development Community facilitator.
“On behalf of the SADC facilitation mission and indeed on my own behalf may I take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to the leaders of all political parties and the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho as they cast their votes during the forthcoming… elections scheduled for Saturday,” Ramaphosa said in a statement earlier today.
“We express our confidence that all conditions for the holding of free and fair elections have been met – that elections will be held under peaceful condition – within provisions of the electoral and constitutional laws of Lesotho and t…
Ramaphosa returns to continue Peace Facilitation
Ramaphosa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator, would be in Lesotho today and tomorrow, Ramaphosa’s spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement. “Since his appointment by the SADC double troika of heads of state and government plus DRC and Tanzania, the facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa paid his first visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on Thursday 18 September.” During that visit, Ramaphosa paid a courtesy call to King Letsie III, met with Lesotho government officials, opposition political parties as well as the college of chiefs.
Ramaphosa, supported by SADC troika experts and secretariat, would continue to meet with all political and other role players in Lesotho today and tomorrow. This was to help cre…
Uneasy Future after failed Peace Deal
Lesotho’s deadlocked political parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders. After promising South African President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho’s parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an aborted coup. Reopening the legislature — which was shuttered in June — is seen as a key step toward restoring normality in the tiny mountainous state.
On August 30, an attempted coup by renegade general Tlali Kamoli saw the military assault several police stations prompting the prime minister to flee the country. One Lesotho police officer was killed, and nine others injured in …
Prime Minister flees to South Africa after attempted Coup
The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger. Speaking to the BBC, Thomas Thabane said he would return from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho, “as soon as I know I am not going to get killed”.
Reports say the capital, Maseru, is now calm after soldiers seized buildings. The army denied staging a coup. Lesotho has seen a series of military coups since independence in 1966.
Mr Thabane has headed a unity government since elections in May 2012, but suspended parliament sessions in June amid feuding in his coalition. He denied accusations that his actions had undermined his government.
We will keep you posted on the upcoming ev…
Sushi News: Lesotho dabbles now in "Pink Gold"
The idea of Japanese consumers eating sushi exported from a tiny African country with no coastline may sound improbable, but the kingdom of Lesotho is pulling it off. Hatched in the boardroom of South African bullion producer Gold Fields, a project called Highlands Trout is now exporting 2 000 tonnes of rainbow trout a year, mainly to Japanese supermarket chain CGC. It is even by-passing Tsukiji, Tokyo’s massive wholesale fish market – usually the first destination for fish imported to Japan – to sell the trout directly to the retail market in a country where consumer standards for sushi are the highest. "We managed to bypass Tsukiji because of the quality of the trout and the relationship we built and the approach we took and so we went…
King on Dubai Visit promotes Investments
The King of Lesotho with his wife, the Queen, spent an evening extolling the benefits of his country at a dinner function held with a range of Indian businessmen in Dubai, before heading to the races. King Letsie III and Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, along with a delegation, met and interacted with Indian businessmen at Crystal Lounge at the Indian Club in Oud Metha on Friday evening.
“The question that I usually encounter while addressing audiences such as this one is: Why Lesotho?,” said the king, before he outlined the benefits of investing in Lesotho, including the English-speaking, literate workforce, competitive wage rates, and tax incentives." the King stated. An agenda of the evening seemed to be the promotion of th…