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The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mr. Serialong Qoo on Monday led the sod-turning of the construction of a communication tower at the event held at Ha-Ts'ilo in the Constituency of Matsieng. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Qoo said the construction of a tower at Thabana-Nts'onyana Mountain, Ha-Ts'ilo is expected to be completed in May and ready to start operation.

He said the tower is intended to improve communication amongst the community members in different ways such as access to internet and use of cellular phones, urging the public to take advantage of the service to improve their lives rather than using it in matters that cause unnecessary conflicts.

Mr. Qoo commented that it is through improved communication that services like of health and education will also improve to a level that those services that are provided in urban areas could be easily accessed in the rural areas.

He therefore urged the communities in the area to preserve and protect this facility against any damage.

Speaking at the same event, a Member of Parliament for Matsieng constituency, Mr. Mokhele Moletsane described the station as a dream come true to help overcome challenges of increased crime rate, saying they had requested for the tower in a long time following incidents of crime such as stock theft, ritual murder and armed robber whereby it was difficult to report to police through mobile phones. 

Also speaking was Head of the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), Mr. Ts'eliso 'Mokela who called for protection of the solar panels to be installed at the station for the sustainability of the project as this will enable communications under various circumstances. He therefore appealed to public to encourage herders and children to respect the tower and avoid acts that could cause damage.

Meanwhile on behalf of the Principal Chief of Ha Ts'ilo, Mr. Motlalepula Khabo expressed gratitude from all residents for the construction of the tower, saying their life style is going to change for the better.

Also present at the occasion included the Minister of Health, Dr ‘Molotsi Monyamane, public servants and the general public.

Source: LENA 13/02/2017



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