CELEBRATES WORLD WATER DAY
Lesotho has through the Lesotho Highlands Development
Authority (LHDA) joined the entire globe in celebrating the
World Water Day that is marked annually on March 22.
In Lesotho, the day was marked on Monday where LHDA mounted
a banner at the main entrance of their offices with a theme:
‘Networking two nations, Lesotho Highlands Water Project is
a catalyst for sustainable development’.
As part of the celebrations, LHDA sensitised the media about
its readiness to implement Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands
Water Project (LHWP) and also informed them of the
successes, challenges and experiences of Phase I of the
Briefing the media on the celebration, LHDA- Acting Chief
Executive Officer, Mr. Masilo Phakoe said water is a
precious and essential resource that needs to be preserved
and to be used wisely to meet people's needs.
Mr. Phakoe noted that water is used for various purposes
like domestic and industrial use, however saying that it is
scarce throughout the world hence countries should unite and
share it to avoid conflicts.
He indicated that it is the world's concern to find ways in
which water can be used peacefully without conflicts as
reports show that for the past 60 years, where over 200
international water agreements had been signed, only 37 had
reports of violence between and among concerned states.
He however indicated that LHDA is proud that in its 23 years
of existence, Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has
successfully implemented water resources development and
management agreements with no reports of conflict or
Also speaking, the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission's (LHWC)
Chief Delegate, Mr. Sixtus Tohlang announced that LHWP is
ready to begin the construction of Phase II, which comprises
construction of Polihali Dam at Tlokoeng in the Mokhotlong
Polihali Dam which will be 165 metres high will be
constructed at the confluence of the Khubelu and Senqu
Mr. Tohlang said the construction work will begin in 2012
and will be completed around 2017, adding that water will
begin to be delivered to the Republic of South Africa in
The project will cost about M7. 3 billion that will include
infrastructure and compensation of estimated 13,000 families
to be re-located from their areas.
He said, "Thousands of Basotho nationals will be recruited
in the project,” further saying that unskilled work will be
dedicated for villagers surrounding the project, while
semi-skilled and skilled ones will be sourced from locally
and outside the country.
Construction of Phase II follows a completion of feasibility
studies, which started in October 2005 and were completed in
Phase I of the LHWP comprised of the construction of Katse
and Mohale dams as well as 'Muela hydro power station.
Source: LENA 23/03/2009