Thursday

Botswana Looking to Draw Water from Lesotho to Boost Development - Bloomberg

Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding to examine options for Botswana to draw water from Lesotho to boost its economic development, according to Lesotho’s minister of energy, meteorology and water affairs.

Lesotho sells water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to neighboring South Africa. The Lesotho minister, Timothy Thahane, said today at a news briefing in the capital, Maseru, that the envoys had recognized the need to collaborate in addressing acute water scarcity issues, especially in Botswana, and equitably the resource.

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Wednesday

Gem Diamonds to establish Lesotho manufacturing facility

London-listed Gem Diamonds was in the process of establishing an in-country manufacturing facility for its flagship Lesotho-based Letšeng mine to further develop downstream activities.

The facility, which was expected to process certain categories of the mine's rough diamond production, using proprietary diamond processing technology, would be completed during the second half of 2013.

The mine would, as part of the development of Letšeng's downstream activities and capabilities, ramp up to full production by 2014.

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Tuesday

Former CJ Ramadhani enlisted to solve Lesotho judiciary crisis

Former Chief Justice Augustino Ramadhani is one of three retired top judges whose expertise has been sought to solve a crisis in Lesotho’s judiciary.

Mr Ramadhani joined former South African Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and their Botswana counterpart Julian Nganunu in a fact-finding mission in Lesotho last week as part of efforts to solve the crisis that pits the president of the Court of Appeal Justice Michael Ramodibedi and Chief Justice Mahapela Lehohla. Mr Ramadhani told The Citizen that the team of three has been commissioned by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) who were alarmed by the failure of the Court of Appeal to hold a session in January because of the dispute.

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Botswana signs MoU to get water from Lesotho

Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the weekend to explore the possibility of getting water from Lesotho. The MoU was signed by ministers responsible for water in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.

Speaking during the signing ceremony in Gaborone, the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa said that the collaboration was an effort to assist Botswana with water for socio-economic development.

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