Tuesday

Spain!

Spain is so much like Lesotho! The flora reminds me of home, for they've got exactly the same, whether it be aloe or grass varieties. Of course they do not have the aloe polyphylla. That is ours alone. The dry summer days and the dusty terrain don't help... I miss Lesotho.

My wife and kids are having a ball (Don't get me wrong, I'm having the time of my life), the former because of the sea, her other lover, and the latter because of the right-under-the-sun swimming pool and some foreign friends. Never understood how they understand each other, but they do.

I'll "see" you all when I get back. For now, I'm going to pick seruoe and leshoabe, wild vegetables from home that the Spaniards have in abundance but don't care much for. They are wrong.

Thursday

Sotho Wedding

Not a traditional Sotho wedding per se, but a wedding in Lesotho as it is fêted today.

mailto:editor@lesotho.gov.ls

Ntate, 'Mè,

This is the second email message I'm sending to this address in relation with the Tourist Board website. The website is inappropriate and misleading, because it is not at all about tourism in Lesotho. Apart from tainting the good name of our country and our people, the site in question may actually serve to drive away potential visitors to Lesotho. If you clicked on a link that promises take-away sushis, and you landed instead on a website that sells shoes, surely you would try elsewhere without bothering to dig up other means of contacting the original sushi restaurant. That's what I would do. And I'm afraid that's what a lot of people have done and are doing and will do whenever they click on http://www.ltb.org.ls and land on Adelfang's website.

Please have this website shut down, removed or improved. We need to convince people to visit Lesotho, and this website may be convincing them not to do so.

I have written many messages such as the one you're reading, but I have got neither action nor reply. And shortly, if the situation does not change, I will have to think up other means of at least getting the dreaded site looked at, at which point I'm certain it will be removed immediately.

Sincerely
Rethabile Masilo
http://lesotho.blogspot.com

Off to Spain for the hols

Mrs On Lesotho, the two On Lesotho children and I will be going on holiday in two days. We have voted for Spain this year, as we did last year. That means we will not be in Paris for the Paris Beach along the Seine. We've never tried it, to be sure, but friends have implored us not to try it with children, but perhaps alone. It apparently gets crowded badly. I'll blog as much as I can between now and departure, especially in relation with that dreaded webshite I'm trying to have removed from the eyes of the world.

Wednesday

Africa

Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
But your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
Africa, tell me Africa
Is this your back that is bent
This back that breaks under the weight of humiliation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying yes to the whip under the midday sun
But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous child that tree, young and strong
That tree over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Africa springing up anew
Springing up patiently, obstinately
Whose fruit bit by bit acquires
The bitter taste of liberty.

© David Diop

Re: Kill the LTB webshite

I need your help. My approach at having a bad website removed from national webspace that belongs to Basotho is not producing any result. Worse, it has produced but one response, and that from another person who has been trying to do the same thing, not from the authorities. I haven't got plan C worked out, yet. What do you think I should do? What would you do if you were in my shoes?

Tuesday

Women Easy Prey for H.I.V.

Rachel sent me the link by e-mail, and Richard blogged it. Basotho are dying from HIV/AIDS, and the cause, not of the infection but of the rapid spreading of the virus, is poverty. A-B-C, that's how simple it is. Get the poverty and you get the f*****g virus. Women are especially vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Africa as a whole needs to wake up to the fact that it was built and is held together by women, yet they are precisely who we're destroying. That's stupid. Perhaps it is one of the reasons we're going downhill, and headed for the bottomless pit? The article, in part, says that
"'One woman will go out with four or five men,' said Bolelwa Falten, a 26-year-old former seamstress. 'One will help with the rent. One, maybe, will drive a taxi and take her to and from work. One will help with food. One will help her pay her installments.'
Experts refer to such desperate arrangements by the dry term 'transactional sex.' This is one reason, though hardly the only one, that in Lesotho H.I.V. infects one in four men aged 15 to 24 - and one in two women."
Wow! When they coin a word for it you know it's here to stay, or at least deeply entrenched. A new word means the whole world is a-buzz with the idea, with the situation, and they don't know what the hell to call it. That's how deep we are in this business. It'll take a lot of guts and brains to get us out of this one, folks, so grit your teeth and brace yourselves... we're in for a long haul. God help us.

Tips to straighten your hair

Want some tips to straighten your hair? Carolyn M. Rodgers has a poem called For Sistuhs Wearin' Straight Hair. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find it online. Yesterday I saw a sistuh with curly hair... an afro, in fact. She was beautiful. A sight for sore eyes, because my eyes were sore from all the straight hair sistuhs are wearin' these days. Every single morning as I ride the metro to work I'm reminded of the late sixties, when it was hip in Lesotho to have straight hair and a light complexion. My mom and her friends smeared a product called Ambi special all over their faces and necks, while an iron comb was in the fire, waiting to sizzle their hair straight. Every single morning, as I go to work, that oily 60s smell of burning hair hits me, hard.
Ambi Skin Discoloration Fade Cream gradually fades dark areas for even, natural skin tone. It is specially formulated to treat skin discolorations such as freckles, age and liver spots, and pigment in the skin that may result from pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives. use on affected areas as directed, it will help restore beautiful, even-toned skin.
[ Source... ]
The blurb is politically correct. It mentions freckles and other spots, yet the product has a smiling sistuh on its box. Freckles aren't very common among sistuhs. But back to our topic. Was it to look like baas? Well, what else would it be. The issue is the same wherever one people oppresses another, and manages to blatantly or subconsciously convince the oppressed party that it is ugly. In Lesotho's case, it was a blatant declaration related to both colonial and South-African racism, and subconscious by way of adverts, barbie and the sight of all the rich, glamorous, white folks in hotels and casinos. So we set about scouring our skins and sizzling our hair. Some people have tried to console me by saying "The grass is always greener on the other side." White folks scorch their skins on the beach or by means of creams or artificial light. Maybe. Hell, it doesn't even matter much, does it? It hardly means that if a sistuh's wearin' straight hair she's a slave. The fact remains, however, that every morning I'll never be able to help staring at all of them with their straight hair, wondering how they'd look with a kinky hair-do.

Touring

Going from Lesotho to Durban with Thaba Tours.

Monday

Rape as a Weapon

"Sudanese Arab militiamen rape women and girls as young as eight in the violent campaign intended to hurt, humiliate and drive out black Africans from the troubled region of Darfur, a human rights organization said Monday."
Despicable.

Afri-Ski

Afri-Ski is a new ski resort, situated in northern Lesotho and promises to be the biggest and most modern ski resort yet in southern Africa. There are two ski lifts, one 914m long and the other of 1500m long, servicing two adjacent slopes.

Four months of snow skiing, from June to September, is predicted, with natural snow covering the entire area, but snow machines will also be on hand. HSP Alpine Service from Austria will maintain the slopes, equipment and ski school. Day visitors are welcome. A ski pass costs R150 per day during the week and R200 per day over weekends. If you’d like to buy a week pass, this will cost you R100 per day. If you do not have your own ski equipment, ski rental is available at R50 per day.

Where: Four-and-a-half hours’ drive south of Johannesburg in the Lesotho Highlands, Afri-Ski is situated 3 222m above sea level. A toll-road takes you directly to the resort via Bethlehem and through the Caledonspoort border post.

Accommodation: From 2003, up-market, Swiss-style lodges and chalets in magnificent mountain landscape will be available to those wanting to sleep over. In the meantime, try the delightful Wyndford Holiday Farm, a real farm-style holiday venue, with quaint garden cottages. Prices start at R200 per person sharing, including three meals, and tea and coffee.


Call (058) 223-0274. Alternatively, try the Oxbow lodge, (051) 933-2247, situated on the banks of the Malibamatsoe River in a glorious valley. For four sharing during peak season, it costs R695 bed and breakfast for all four, per night. Ski equipment can also be hired from the lodge.
Other activities: Other leisure activities, which will be available throughout the year, include 4x4 routes, trout fishing, horse riding, extensive hiking trails and mountain climbing.


Contact Afri-Ski on (011) 888-8881 or visit www.snow.co.za for online bookings.
Note: Lesotho is a foreign country so don’t forget to take your passport.
[ Source... ]

Re: Whites Trashed

I thought I'd submit the subject raised by Nick (17 July 2004 post) to my South African forum friends. They have as yet not offered their views. Laurence has already given us his views. What about y'all? I think it is a subject that needs to be talked about freely and at length, hence my interest, as well as my gratitude to Nick for putting it on the table.

Kill the LTB webshite

Here is the latest e-mail message concerning the LTB webshite. This one went to the appropriate authorities, I dare to believe. The e-mail address was given to me by a third party who has also tried to get the website in question removed, to no avail. My fingers and my toes are crossed.
Ntate M***,

My name's Rethabile Masilo. I'm writing to you today because I've been struggling to get a website ( http://www.ltb.org.ls ) noticed so that it may be removed. I believe that the present status of the site, and the fact that it sits on national web space ( Lesotho Tourist Board space ), gives Lesotho a bad image among potential tourists. It is my view that tourism in Lesotho is necessary, needs to be actively developed, and is actually being overlooked. We can't afford to turn back even one potential visitor. Here is what I have previously said, and tried to do, about the website in question ( http://www.ltb.org.ls ):
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/03/what-hell-is-this.html
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/06/down-with-ltb-webshite.html
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/change-of-tactics.html
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/remove-site-or-improve-it.html
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/removing-ltb-webshite.html
http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/darn.html

Those who click on http://www.ltb.org.ls get information about a firm called Adelfang, not about Lesotho. Who is Adelfang and why are they getting advertisement on the back of Basotho? Why are they webjacking our tourists? What is the likelihood that a person who comes upon these non-professional pages will actually persist and try to find tourism-related information by other means? Virtually nil. They'll probably end up going to Swaziland or Botswana or South Africa, the three of which have relevant and professional looking pages. Turning away potential visitors is like refusing the promise of a future income, and the prospect of building a positive tourist industry for Lesotho.

Please do all you can to ensure that these pages are removed, and that future pages in this space are informative, professional and attractive.

Kea leboha
Rethabile Masilo
http://lesotho.blogspot.com

Bathing

"All images are copyrighted by the contributing photographers. If you would like to use any of these images, contact copyright@photosforpeace.org for more information."

Saturday

King's birthday

The Lesotho Monarch, King Letsie III, was born forty-one years ago today in Morija, Lesotho. The king's birthday is a bank holiday in Lesotho.

Friday

The Arrival of Eugene Casalis

"After we had looked an instant on each other in silence, he rose and said, 'Lumela lekhoa![sic] Welcome, white man!' And I replied by holding out my hand to him, which he took without hesitation."

That is how Eugene Casalis described his first meeting with Basuto's King Mashoeshoe [sic] I in 1833. The contact came at the invitation of Mashoeshoe. Mashoeshoe had already shown himself a man of great wisdom, who had built his power by the careful choice of a defensive position, by extending friendship to conquered enemies, and by offering shelter to the refugees of South Africa's many wars.

When the Dutch came, mounted on horses and armed with guns, Mashoeshoe immediately determined to have guns and horses himself. From other tribes, he heard of the benefits missionaries brought and made up his mind to have some, too. That is how it came about that three representatives of the Paris Evangelical Mission Society arrived in his country. The three were Eugene Casalis, Constant Gosselin and Thomas Arbousset. Mashoeshoe had wisely selected them from a nation which was not trying to conquer South Africa.

Eugene Casalis had only arrived in South Africa a few months before, landing at Cape Town on this day, February 24, 1833. Nonetheless, he and his society proved a blessing to Mashoeshoe's African kingdom.

From 1837 to 1855 Eugene played the role of Mashoeshoe's Foreign Minister. With his knowledge of the non-African world, he was able to inform and advise the king in his dealings with hostile foreigners. He also served as an interpreter for Mashoeshoe in his dealings with white people. All of this created opportunities to evangelize the Basuto nation.

Over the next seven years, the Paris Evangelical Mission Society opened nine stations to teach the Gospel and literacy in Basutoland. Consequently, Basutoland (now known as Lesotho) achieved the highest literacy rate in Africa. The missionaries also showed the Africans how to raise wheat, potatoes, peaches and other crops that became important to the country's agricultural economy.

With a vast inside knowledge of the Basutos and personal skill as a writer, Eugene Casalis wrote a vivid account of the Basuto and their customs. This book is still included on many secular lists.

Sources:
1. Davies, Horton. Great South African Christians. (Cape Town, New York, Oxford University Press, 1951).
2. "Lesotho Overview." (www.lesotho.gov.ls/goverview.htm)
3. Various internet sources, especially on Lesotho's history."
[ Source ]


NB: The name of the founder of Lesotho is Moshoeshoe with an "O", not Mashoeshoe with an "A".

Thursday

Cannabis (Matekoane) in Lesotho

Africa is confirming its role as a production area, a transit territory and a consumer market. South Africa is probably the world's leading producer of marijuana, but most of it is consumed on the domestic market, which also absorbs the output of neighboring [sic] countries, notably Lesotho, where cannabis is the main cash crop.
I knew we grew a lot of pot, the excuse generally given to enquiring kids being, "It's horse fodder--it leaves a lasting sheen on their skin," or something like that. What I didn't know was that we were that big a grower. If we can grow matekoane on that large a scale and illegally, imagine the agricultural heights we could reach with asparagus, legally.

Re: Rape

Laurence says that "...Liberals tend to either see crime as a consequence of social and economic conditions, or as a treatable "illness"." It is. Crime can be an indirect result of hunger, for example. Feed the thieving child and you'll have prevented a potential criminal from actually becoming one. To use a popular cliché, crime is not nature, it is nurture. Lock 'em up and stick 'em up philosophies tend to breed and develop more ills than they actually solve.
Strictly speaking, both approaches are valid. I'm sure that there are some genuinely poor, starving people out there who have turned to theft in order to feed themselves, and would gladly give up their lives of crime if only they could find honest employment. And I'm also sure that there are also plenty of criminals who are simply bad people, who have started hijacking cars and the like because they figure it's an easy way to make money. I guess criminals in the first group might have a genuine shot at being "rehabilitated", but criminals in the second group never will.
I feel better after reading that. But it doesn't in the least change my view of how the issue should be tackled. A person who commits a crime and is found guilty of the crime by a court of law should be locked up. There are rather a lot of crazy folks around. But efforts at socially limiting the number of those crazy people must never cease. I don't know many normal people who have enough to eat and drink but commit crimes. The abnormal ones, to be sure, need psychiatric help. In his post, Laurence talks about Nick's post on rape. I think Nick (Posted on 6 June 2004) wanted to bring up the question of indifference among southern African men, or perhaps African men, full-stop.
Now, rape is an interesting crime because, by definition, it fits the conservative approach. Unlike theft, there is no possible economic justification for rape. Nobody can whine and make excuses about the "root causes" of rape. Rape is caused by evil people - it's that simple. [bold type is mine]And you know what that means... if you want to put a dent in the rape statistics, punitive justice is the only way to go.
There is no possible economic justification for rape. That's a fact. But you must know that even for theft there isn't any justification, be it economic or otherwise. The word isn't justification, but perhaps explanation. "Why do they do it," we wanna know. That's why when you go to the doctor's you have to answer those stupid questions they like to ask (I hope my doctor doesn't read this). No ill can be removed if it's source is unknown. And rape is surely the result of silly social behaviour, among others.

Wednesday

419 Scammers Scammed

This email exchange is hilarious. A 419 scammer is scammed. Greed can indeed blind. I laughed my arse off.
[ Via Foreign Dispatches ]

Tuesday

Home Sick

One tends to be home sick more often, and with greater intensity, as time passes. The feeling of separateness does not abate.

Lesotho Snow Pictures

Dave Walker's June 2002 Lesotho Snow Pictures. It's probably just like that right about now.

Sunday

Nightmare from Hell

Buildings were set on fire and the contents of most shops stolen. At the border post with South Africa, a steady stream of foreigners have been fleeing Lesotho. Most diplomatic staff have been evacuated and South African citizens have been warned that they could become the target of revenge attacks.
[ Source... ]
This was of course in September 1998. Protesters were barring civil servants from going to work and so on because they didn't like election results. It is a 'nightmare' because it is one of those things that will always haunt me, and 'hell' because Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, was burned to the ground. Given that we're one of the poorest countries in the world, the whole thing was a big fuck-up. I'm no economist, as I've often said, but there must be some way of measuring the damage, or should I say damages? The harm was not only material but psychological on a national scale. Will we ever manage to just, like, get out of the coup rut, and stay out? The culprit is that old African mentality that has Liberia and other countries civil-warring: every man wants to play leader, no matter who is or was democratically appointed leader.

Darn!

I was on cloud nine for a while, there, because I thought I'd found the e-mail address of the Lesotho Tourist Board; that would have put me in direct and faster contact with them. But it was not be. When I tried to e-mail, after writing a specially targetted and differently crafted message, my mail client spat this message back to me:
This is the SMTP Server program at host wanadoo.fr.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that the message returned
below could not be delivered to one or more destinations.

For further assistance, please send mail to

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the message returned below.

The SMTP Server program
: host ltb.org.ls[196.25.228.130] said: 550 5.2.1
... Mailbox disabled for this recipient

Homophobia equals apartheid

Desmond Tutu says in clear and meaningful terms, "Homophobia equals apartheid". And what do I think? I agree with him wholeheartedly (the comment section here is interesting). What do you think?

Friday

Removing the LTB Webshite

My endeavours to get the LTB webshite removed or improved haven't borne any fruit yet. I have received no word from the authorities nor from the folks whose help I'm seeking. But I'm pushing on. Unhappily, plan C is beginning to take form in my mind. My latest request looks like this:
Sir, Madam,

I'm writing to ask you to write an e-mail. You're linking (Insert URL of webpage that has the link) to a site that isn't what it should be. That site is "http://www.ltb.org.ls/" of the Lesotho Tourist Board.

You may read what I've previously said about it here:

http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/03/what-hell-is-this.html, http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/06/down-with-ltb-webshite.html, http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/change-of-tactics.html

Please ask them to improve http://www.ltb.org.ls or replace it with a more appropriate website. I'm not asking you to remove the link from your pages -- we need all the advertisement we can get. Please keep the link, but get the site behind the link changed.

Thank you

Rethabile Masilo
http://lesotho.blogspot.com



PS: Please post your request at http://www.lesotho.gov.ls/comments.htm, or use the following information:

Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture
P. 0. Box 52
Maseru 100
Lesotho

TELEPHONE: +266-313034

I was unable to find an email address for the ministry.

Alternatively, you can link to http://www.lesothoemb-usa.gov.ls/tourism.htm and http://www.lesotho.gov.ls/lstourism.htm, two informative and professional pages that should, in fact, replace the one we want to remove.

Thursday

Mozambique on ARTE-TV

If you're in France or Switzerland or Belgium or North Africa, then you probably receive the Channel 5/Arte signal. Well, tonight Arte is showing a documentary on Mozambique, from independence in 1975 to the death of Samora Machel in 1986. They delve some into Cuban and Yugoslav involvement in Mozambique. Show time's at 8:45 pm, Paris time.

Feminisation of Aids

This article is clear enough, and well written enough, for me to be happy just to provide the link. It deals with the way we, in southern Africa, have not given our women a chance against HIV/AIDS. We beat them (when they insist on protection) and rape them (we spread the damn thing around, and violently) and keep them poor (some have to sell their bodies for survival).

Likoena's Fifa Ranking

Fifa ranks Likoena, the Lesotho football squad, 130th, a two-slot descent from last year's position. For comparison's sake, Brazil is 1st, Portugal is 12th, Bafana-Bafana are 39th, Zambia's 74th, Canada's 90th, Botswana's 109th and Swaziland's 125th. That does look about right, except in my day we could lick the Swazis right after lunch. What gives? South-Africa's 39th, thirty-ninth, and we are 128th! Haven't we got lots of players earning rands in South Africa? Aren't Likoena on the same par as Bafana-Bafana, as evidenced by the close match results, both with South-Africa and with other regional power-houses? Yes, to all the questions. But we're just not consistent enough, and today's Likoena may not have the likes of Mochini Matete. Another, more important factor is that our players, like the players of many other poor countries, are not professional. They go to work from 9 to 5 everyday and only attend football practice after work, sometimes, then go home to their families. The physical and emotional stabilities between us and the richer squads are not the same; although, as I mention in the article linked-to above, talent remains the one thing that cannot be bought. You should have seen Mochini play. Here are the rankings, beginning with Lesotho and going downwards (why would I wanna go the other way?)
130. Lesotho, 366 (128).

131. Fiji, 362 (133).

132. Malta, 361 (131).

(tie). Palestine, 361 (132).

134. Cape Verde Islands, 347 (146).

(tie). Yemen, 347 (135).

136. Tajikistan, 344 (136).

(tie). Faeroe Islands, 344 (134).

138. Grenada, 331 (138).

139. Ethiopia, 330 (137).

140. Maldives, 316 (141).

(tie). Sri Lanka, 316 (139).

142. Vanuatu, 315 (142).

143. India, 314 (143).

144. Kazakhstan, 313 (140).

145. Hong Kong, 306 (145).

146. Gambia, 302 (144).

147. Myanmar, 294 (147).

(tie). Suriname, 294 (154).

149. Andorra, 287 (148).

(tie). Namibia, 287 (149).

151. Burundi, 277 (150).

152. Sierra Leone, 276 (151).

153. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 273 (163).

(tie). Liechtenstein, 273 (152).

155. Taiwan, 270 (153).

156. Kyrgyzstan, 263 (158).

157. Bangladesh, 252 (155).

(tie). Luxembourg, 252 (156).

159. Chad, 244 (157).

160. Nicaragua, 238 (161).

161. Eritrea, 237 (159).

162. Bermuda, 233 (164).

163. Antigua and Barbuda, 231 (162).

164. Papua New Guinea, 228 (160).

165. Equatorial Guinea, 217 (164).

(tie). Tanzania, 217 (166).

167. Dominica, 215 (168).

168. San Marino, 214 (167).

169. Netherlands Antilles, 210 (171).

(tie). Dominican Republic, 210 (172).

171. Seychelles, 202 (169).

172. Niger, 201 (170).

173. Laos, 198 (175).

(tie). Mauritania, 198 (173).

175. Nepal, 196 (174).

176. Pakistan, 192 (176).

177. Samoa, 178 (177).

178. Central African Republic, 173 (178).

179. British Virgin Islands, 169 (179).

180. Belize, 161 (180).

181. Guyana, 154 (181).

182. Tonga, 145 (182).

183. Cayman Islands, 141 (183).

184. Cambodia, 137 (184).

185. Mongolia, 135 (185).

186. New Caledonia, 119 (186).

187. Macao, 113 (187).

(tie). Guinea-Bissau, 113 (188).

189. Bhutan, 108 (189).

190. Cook Islands, 101 (190).

191. Philippines, 99 (191).

192. Bahamas, 98 (192).

193. Somalia, 95 (193).

194. S Iao Tom De e Pr D incipe, 90 (194).

195. Brunei, 75 (195).

196. Aruba, 71 (196).

197. Anguilla, 66 (197).

198. Afghanistan, 63 (198).

199. Djibouti, 50 (199).

200. U.S. Virgin Islands, 47 (200).

201. Puerto Rico, 35 (201).

202. Turks and Caicos Islands, 26 (202).

203. American Samoa, 19 (203).

204. Guam, 17 (204).

205. Montserrat, 6 (205).

[ Source... ]

Wednesday

Homesick South Africans

I just couldn't resist... I signed up. Biltongbox.com has a forum for "Homesick South Africans". I signed up anyway, even though I'm not a South-African. The latter is a question that has always intrigued me in a way: where do we draw the line between a Mosotho in Maseru and a Mosotho in Ladybrand, or even Bloemfontein? I know where politicians draw it, but where do we? This needs to be explored further and is the promising subject of a blog post. Back to the present post... the forum has several sections (politics, food and drinks--I thought of Kitsch'n'Zinc and biltong, economics, immigration/emigration, and so on). Have a look. Might prove interesting for some of you ZA bloggers out there. It seems to me that it is yet another way of getting closer to more people, another way of assuring dialogue, however haphazard that dialogue may be.

Sunday

Talk to me

Yes, you can talk to me in real time by clicking on the link to the left, CHAT ME UP, provided I'm on-line.

Re: Lesotho Economy: Where are we headed?

At the beginning of this year, on 11 January 2004, I wrote about Lesotho's economy and wondered where we were going to end up. I considered the question from a layman's point of view, being no economist at all. My thoughts on the subject at that time, six months ago, are ever so much my thoughts today. I'm happy to re-post them, especially that I had none or few Basotho visitors then, but have begun to see a trickle of them recently.

Saturday

Remove the Site or Improve It!

The following is the message I've started sending to the 17 linkers of the LTB site, the latter of which I'm hoping to have removed or modified:

Sir, Madam,

I'm writing to ask you to write an e-mail. You're linking to a site that isn't what it should be. That site is "http://www.ltb.org.ls/" of the Lesotho Tourist Board.

You may read what I've previously said here:

http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/03/what-hell-is-this.html

http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/06/down-with-ltb-webshite.html

http://lesotho.blogspot.com/2004/07/change-of-tactics.html

Please ask them to improve http://www.ltb.org.ls or remove it. I'm not asking you to remove the link -- we need all the advertisement we can get. Please keep it, but get the site behind the link changed.

Thank you

Rethabile Masilo
http://lesotho.blogspot.com


PS: Please post your request at http://www.lesotho.gov.ls/comments.htm

Friday

Change of Tactics

I have sent e-mail requests to the folks in charge of the LTB webspace, asking them to please remove it. No action. I think I should go on to plab B, which is to ask those websites that link to LTB to write and ask that it be improved. Since "On Lesotho" is one of the linkers, I get to pen another request. I'll try to word it differently.

If you are a new visitor, I've been trying to get this site removed from the cyper-plot of the people of Lesotho, and a more representative site put in place. Read this and this.