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Lesotho’s Dangerous Water Gamble

13 October 2022 by Pascalinah Kabi  Bertha Foundation Fellow A confidential report that flags harmful levels of toxic mining effluent in Lesotho’s key rivers feeding the Lesotho Water Highlands Project (LWHP) has raised uncomfortable questions in the government and set the cat among the pigeons in cabinet, as ministries shift the blame [...]

Govt Departments In Blame Game Over Water Pollution

11 October 2022 by Pascalinah Kabi  Bertha Foundation Fellow Lesotho’s Director of the Department of Environment, Motsamai Damane’s bombshell admission that mining companies are polluting water sources that rural communities rely on has triggered a blame game in government.  While departments try to dodge being held accountable for not monitoring mining operations, [...]

How South Africa’s Water Needs Plunged Lesotho Into Food Insecurity

1 August 2022 by Pascalinah Kabi  Bertha Foundation Fellow  Landlocked Lesotho, is currently experiencing severe food insecurity as a result of a deal to meet neighbouring South Africa’s ever-increasing water needs.  The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) was billed as one that would bolster Lesotho’s position in the regional political economy and [...]

Communities Blame Letšeng Mine Pollution For Trail Of Sickness, Death And ‘Poisoned Pasture’

17 May 2022 by Pascalinah Kabi  Bertha Foundation Fellow ‘Mapontso Lematla explains the real time Letšeng Diamonds Mine pollution captured on camera in March 2023. Credit: Retselisitsoe Khabo Sitting in her modest hut in the rural enclave of Patising in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, the 52-year-old ‘Mapontso Lematla says she first spotted the discoloured [...]

Exposed: Letšeng Secretly Admits Contaminating Water Sources

16 May 2022 by Pascalinah Kabi Bertha Foundation Fellow A leading mining company in Lesotho, Letšeng Diamonds Mine, has admitted in confidential reports that its operations are polluting water systems that poor, rural communities rely on daily. But the company denies this in public. The Patising and Maloraneng communities live near [...]

Lesotho traditional healer Mohaneng Lekhooana

Life-Saving Medicinal Plants Face Extinction

30 July 2021 by Pascalinah Kabi Lesotho traditional healer Mohaneng Lekhooana harvests medicinal plants in his home town. Credit: Pascalinah Kabi Shivering and moaning, 36-year-old ’Mantoa Kobeli can barely sit unassisted on a plastic chair in a “consulting room”, a shack run by a traditional healer, Monaheng Lekhooana. A burning [...]