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The Prime Minister (PM), Dr Pakalitha Mosisili says the government will continue to look into strategies to establish new industries for the economic growth of the country.

Dr Mosisili said this during the official opening of the first Afrisam cement manufacturing facility in Maseru on Thursday. 

He said the opening of the facility is one of the milestones and an opportunity that can play a pivotal role in job creation, adding that a cement plant can be a powerful sector in economic and social development.

Dr Mosisili said the facility is expected to create 1000 direct and indirect jobs in a number of sectors within the plant.

He stated that the opening of the plant in Lesotho has been timely done as Lesotho is on the verge of commencing second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority.

He said the products will also be used in different infrastructures such as houses owned by Basotho and that it meets the local cement demand while it produces specialised products for huge projects like construction of dams. 

The Prime Minister congratulated Afrisam for putting up the plant in the country, saying its contribution of the skills promotion in the local labour force are most welcome. 

Dr Mosisili also said Lesotho is committed to remain strong partners with the cement company by providing the necessary support for it to operate in the country.

Speaking at the same event, the Afrisam Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Stephan Olivier said the opening of the facility also celebrated good relations with Basotho.

He said it is believed that the facility will be a significant investment in the future of Basotho.

''We are proud that we can contribute in this manner towards the future economic development of the country', Mr. Olivier said.

Mr. Olivier said a cement industry adds value in the economic growth of the country, adding that the second phase of the facility will be implemented in due course.

Afrisam is a leading supplier of construction materials in Southern Africa. It has been supplying Basotho with cement for over half a century now. It also established a physical presence in Lesotho when it opened its distribution centre in Maseru in 1999.

The plant comprises a blending and packing facility and has an initial cement production capacity of 200 000 tons per annum. 


Source: LENA 09/02/2017

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