Mine lay-offs fuel poverty

By ‘Majirata Latela With the process of ex-miners to claim monies for lung related diseases former mineworkers being very slow and painful, many ex-miners are confirmed to be living in abject poverty despite working for decades in South African mines. According to mine recruitment agency TEBA, the numbers of men working...
By ‘Majirata Latela The mining sector is estimated to have contracted by staggering 15.1 percent in 2020/21 before recovering to 6.4 percent in 2021/22. According to Lesotho’s budget speech 2021/22 Budget speech, this contraction comes after all mining companies were placed under care and maintenance in the second half of 2020...
By Neo Kolane Gem Diamonds is working with the government of Lesotho to rebuild roads and other critical infrastructure damaged in the recent floods, and is assisting affected communities with constructing bridges and securing water supply. Speaking to theReporter, the public relations officer of Letśeng Diamond Mine, Lebohang Chefa stated that...
By ‘Majirata Latela A government gazette released today shows that the mining sector, mines and massive construction projects are permitted to continue operating during the 14-day nationwide lockdown that comes into effect on Thursday However, safety measures such as the introduction of Covid-19 testing for all employees on commencement of a...

Mining collects 70 diamonds

By ‘Majirata Latela As part of preparing for the opening up of diamond mining to (licensed) smallholder miners, the ministry of mining is already in the process of collecting diamonds from those illegally in possession of such stones.  Last year, the ministry announced plans to recoup illegal stones and auction them...