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BASOTHO VEND THEIR WAY OUT OF POVERTY

LITHA MOTSAMAI

MASERU – Five years after leaving high school, Thabiso Mokhele, now 22, is still looking for his first formal job.

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Forced labour in the Zama-Zama underworld

’MATHATISI SEBUSI

MASERU - Thabo*’s dreams were shattered when he realised that the work he had hoped would change his life and that of his family for the better was actually a scam that would later pose a serious threat to his life and cause him ceaseless nightmares.

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Social media puts marriages on litmus test

RAY MUNGOSHI

MASERU – The explosion of the digital age in the last decade is putting many marriages and relationships through the litmus test of fidelity.

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Unskilled domestic workers suffer in silence

’MATHATISI SEBUSI

MASERU – After her husband passed on five years ago, ’Malefu Matšosa’s life took a turn for the worse forcing her to take a job as a domestic worker.

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Gambling addiction takes toll as economy bites

SEBABATSO CHAKELA AND ’MAPALO NKHELOANE

MASERU - More and more betting outlets are sprouting, replacing food outlets in downtown Maseru as the unemployment rate rises and poverty deepens.

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Call to legalise the ‘green’ diamond of Mapoteng

KABELO MASOABI

BEREA – In the dense veld of Mapoteng, marijuana remains an indispensable element of families among the indigenes who from one generation to another, have supplemented their livelihood by growing and trading in the illegal weed.