Discovering the best of my country

Lesotho is in the regional and international news as an almost failed state, which absolutely false. Those are stories spread into the world domain by people, some of them Basotho who can not even tell the most recent events in their own country to say the least.

 

The country is portrait as if  it has no schools, tarred roads, educated people, hospitals and clinics, sports and recreation.  Yet, this is the country that holds the 1998 Commonwealth Marathon from Malaysia. It is the home of the famous Roof of Africa Rally. In mountain cycling, Lesotho ranks higher most advanced countries.

 

This weekend, Lesotho is hosting an annual Lipoho tsa Bochabela music festival. The show now in the tenth year running, shall be graced by the presence of the prime minister, for the first time. The event is also a runner up to the 50th celebration of the country’s independence from Britain.

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For the third year now, I have been hosted by Mokotsoaing Guest House a sand stone, thatched development, right below the famous Sebothoane hill overlooking the Hlotse town and surrounds, stretching to as far as the eye can see in the neighbouring Free State province of South Africa.

 

Hotels and hospitality facilities in the second largest town after the capital, Maseru, situated some 90km away from the capital town are fully booked for this weekend.

 

A gospel group from Burkina Faso, West Africa shall be first foreign band to perform at festival. More images from the festival, today and tomorrow shall be posted, keep visiting us and please share the good news about Lesotho. This is not a govern mentioned sponsored blog, just to put the record straight.

Another tough ascend conquered -Mphosong

Lesotho-Leribe—Thanks God, yesterday, Friday, I cycled to the top of the Mphosong pass with my MENTOR, Lethusang Ntili aka Mokubung. So tough, so adventurous, so spectacular, so cold, so windy, so nice.

For the first time in my “through the great passes of Lesotho” expeditions I felt the real difference  of altitudes.

 

Cycling upwards, from the tollgate point to the viewpoint which we did in 2hrs20min. How I wish we had a recorder of stages that we past through. Anyway, dispite all that, another tough ascend through a tough mountain range has been conquered. I’m left with Lebelonyane and Sani Passes.

By the will and grace of my Lord I shall do them before end of this year. Any type of sponsorship appreciated, though a later 29 inch, lighter mountain bike will be most welcome.

 

Big thanks to:

Mosuoe Import Motors and Spares.

Monate Transport.

Mokotsoaing Guest House.

Remain blessed pals.

Lipoho tsa Bochabela 2016

Lesotho—Hlotse, Leribe: Mokete oa Lipina oa Lipoho tsa Bochabela oa monongoaha o na le lintlha tse latelang:-

Ho tla kenoa mahala.

Lits’ebeletso tsa mahala tsa bophelo.

Litokomane tsa bohlokoa tsa Bosotho li tla fumaneha hang hang.

Lipolomiti tsa ho phela le ho sebetsa Afrika Boroa li tla fumaneha hang hang.

Home Affairs ea Lesotho le ea RSA li tla kopanela ts’ebetso ea lipolomiti hona moo.

Ho tla ba le ketelo ea pele ea se-molao ea tonakholo a be a phatlalatse leano la puso.

Ho tla ketekoa lilemo tse 50 tsa boipuso ba Lesotho.

Ho tla ketekoa lilemo tse leshome tsa Lipoho tsa Bochabela.

Lekhetlo la pele, Festival e tla nka matsatsi a mabeli.

Thekiso ea joala le lithethefatsi ha ea lumelloa.

Thanks God I have made it through the Thaba Putsoa pass

20160422_170517Lesotho—Friday, was yet another day of a thrilling cycling adventure and experience. My friend Tumelo BraStume Tlouoe went through the pass of the famous mountain range at sunset, and travelled through the cloak of darkness with the stars twingling all over the sky above us. The temperature was around 5°c.

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Saturday morning at sunrise, we took another ride to the view point of yet another famous spot, the ‘Maletsunyane Falls, the longest single water drop in southern Africa.

 

Semongkong here we come

This coming Friday, my friends I, shall be cycling through the southern part of the famous Thaba Putsoa Range of Mountains, enroute to Semongkong. It is going to be yet another exhilarating experience. IMG_0609

Members of the youthful Semongkong Cycling Association shall join us on top of the Thaba Putsoa. My team shall be consisting of five riders, ranging between 40 and 69 years.

Though some media reports put Lesotho economy on the down turn, the reality is different

The amount of infrastructural development in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, suggests that  despite negative local media reports, foreign and local investors still see positive business opportunities as is evidenced by the images in this article.

These images are about the investment by Vodacom Lesotho, as sure as in real competitive business,  this suggests that their rival Econet Telecom Lesotho shall have to follow with a better structural investment.

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The Soares family, which introduced Fish and Chips fast foods business in Lesotho is now venturing into real estate. This proposed development is just across the street to the proposed New Headquarters of Vodacom.

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On this one, along the Constitution Road is going to give Maseru the first in-house car park.

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The new State House along Half Moon Street in Maseru West.

Did you know that the previous regime in Lesotho had appointed the Guptas as their ambassadors to Saudi Arabia?

Apr 01 2016 07:00

Matthew le Cordeur

Atul Gupta (File, Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – KPMG has terminated its business relationship with the Gupta business empire due to the political storm surrounding the family’s friendship with President Jacob Zuma.

KPMG was the auditor for all Gupta-owned and -controlled businesses and performed a variety of other services for the Guptas, who are allegedly at the heart of what is termed “state capture”.

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This follows Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor’s claims in March that the Guptas offered them top cabinet positions.

In an internal email circulated to staff and partners, KPMG Southern Africa CEO Trevor Hoole said they had no audit reason in support of the decision.

“The recent media and political interest in the Gupta family, together with comments and questions from various stakeholders … has required us to evaluate the continued provision of our services to this group,” Hoole said.

“We have decided that we should terminate our relationship with the group immediately,” he said. “I can assure you that this decision was not taken lightly, but in our view the association risk is too great for us to continue.

“It is with heavy hearts that we have reached our conclusion, and there will clearly be financial and potentially other consequences to this, but we view them as justifiable.”

Before making the decision, KPMG consulted extensively with local regulators, clients, analysts, internally and with its executive committee and policy board.

Guptas: It was a very reluctant decision

Carel Smit, KPMG executive for clients and sectors, told Fin24 on Thursday that while he was not able to comment, he was aware of the decision.

“This is a confidential matter between us and our clients,” he said telephonically from Johannesburg. Hoole had hoped the decision would not be publicised, his email explains.

Oakbay Investments confirmed the news on Thursday. “KPMG is no longer the auditor for Oakbay Investments,” a spokesperson, who declined to be named, told Fin24. “Our understanding is that this was a very reluctant decision on their behalf.

“KPMG confirmed to Oakbay that no audit reason whatsoever contributed to this development.”

The Guptas own Oakbay Investments, which is a shareholder in a number of private equity investments and joint ventures, such as Sahara Computers, JIC Mining Services, Shiva Uranium, The New Age newspaper, ANN7 TV and Clifftop Lodge.

Co-founders and chairpersons Ajay and Atul Gupta are at the centre of an African National Congress investigation to determine whether they influence who Zuma appoints to key government positions to ensure business deals are structured around their businesses.

“We welcome this process, which should ultimately allow the truth to be recognised and end this current trial by innuendo and slander. We will fully co-operate with the office of the secretary general during the information gathering process,” Oakbay Investments said in a statement last week.

KPMG’s role in Sars ‘rogue’ unit report

One of the four biggest professional services companies in the world, KPMG was criticised recently for its report on the alleged SA Revenue Service (Sars) “rogue” unit, creating a standoff between Treasury and the tax collector.

When Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was reappointed in December, he criticised KPMG over the leaked report. “It’s allegations that have no foundation. They are based on a leaked document that even I haven’t seen,” he said.

“How would you like to be accused of something on the basis of a document that has not been put to you or… questions that have not been put to you, on the basis of no opportunity having been put to you to say what the facts of the matter are? One thing I would like to request from you is to stop reporting on rumours.”

On Wednesday Gordhan said the Sikhakhane Panel finding that the establishment of the unit contravened the National Strategic Intelligence Act was wrong and based on a superficial and clearly mistaken reading of the aforementioned Act.

“As far as I was aware, the unit lawfully performed its functions,” he said. “My legal advice is that the establishment unit was lawful.”

In the KPMG report, which says the creation of the unit was unlawful, it failed to interview the people that were allegedly guilty.

“Their report contains large chunks of text delivered to them in correspondence by a firm of lawyers acting for Sars,” Business Day editor-in-chief Peter Bruce wrote in his column recently. “And then they instructed their own clients that their report must not be used against those people.

“The reputational damage this could do to a brand as big as KPMG is enormous, particularly if, as is possible, this investigation is one day tested in court and found to have no merit,” he said.

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