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In this section we feature the latest Special Reports from Lesotho

By Majirata Latela The 2022 elections are only 22 months away, and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is worried that it might not have enough time to prepare for credible National Assembly elections due to the protracted delay of new commissioners to assume office.
By ‘Majirata Latela After being hailed as the ultimate magic bullet that would breath much-needed life into Lesotho’s promising economy, the cannabis industry has lived up to initial concerns that the country is the perfect place to grow the herb but not to regulate...
By Annie Kelly At one of the biggest garment factories in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, the managers never hired enough regular workers to complete the clothing orders that flooded in from Europe and the US. Instead, every morning, a few hours after the...
By Majirata Latela Stock theft has been a perennial problem in Lesotho and, as it continues to intensify, experts say it impacts negatively on the economy of the country, with at least M14million having already been lost to the crime this year.
By ‘Majirata Latela Take a lot of money, a plague, gluttonous politicians and incompetent and ignorant civil servants. Stir well. What do you get? A gang of voracious red-bellied piranhas raiding a carcass in a tiny cesspool. Indeed, millions of Maloti...
By Majirata Latela There is renewed hope that the imminent opening up of diamond mining to (licensed) smallholder miners will enable Lesotho to finally realise socio- economic growth from the country’s mineral resources. Lesotho has for many years been struggling to...
By Majirata Latela Lesotho’s wool and mohair worth millions of Maloti are allegedly stuck in South Africa, as that country’s fibre is not allowed into any market abroad due to restrictions imposed when it suffered an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that...
By ‘Majirata Latela and Neo Kolane Residents of Phuthalichaba, an informal settlement perched one kilometre from the Letšeng Diamond Mine in Mokhotlong, are perpetually desperate for the mine to give them jobs, and live in undying hope that one day they might get lucky.
By ‘Majirata Latela According to Lesotho’s National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) Basotho may get wiped out by the corona virus if they do not change their behaviour towards the epidemic. The numbers of infected people have gone beyond 100 in less than 12 weeks.
By Majirata Latela The ministry of public works and transport has admitted that it has failed the community of Ha Tseka in Maseru after budgetary constraints led to the abandonment of the construction of a footbridge that connects Ha Tseka to Ha Penapena two...