Close to M1 million pledged at Golf Day Gala

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NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU – A total of M926, 000 was pledged at a gala event held at the Maseru Golf Club last Friday. The funds will contribute to the education of vulnerable children in the country through the Higher Life Foundation Lesotho (HLF), the social investment arm of Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The gala event, graced by the presence of Queen ’Masenate Mohato Seeiso and the Minister of Education and Training, Professor Ntoi Rapapa, was part of joint efforts to raise funds following the 6th Econet Telecom Lesotho Golf Day at the same venue.

The 2024 ETL Golf Day was won by a four-ball team consisting of Kimonzi Muth, Moeketsi Tiea, Charles Mokuya, and Hopolang Letsunyane with 100 points. The runners-up were a four-ball team of Motlatsi Seitlheko, Puleng Mokoailane, Teboho Tlaitlai, and Kefuoe Ramokhele, with 98 points.

Katleho Mphana won the ladies’ longest drive on hole 18 and was nearest to the pin on hole 10, while Mokhochane Mopeli won the men’s longest drive on hole 18, and Spinare Lenkoe won nearest to the pin on hole 5. “This is the 6th Econet Golf Day, and six years ago, we introduced the HigherLife Foundation to this community. Since then, you have supported us on this great venture of aiding vulnerable children within Lesotho through the HigherLife Foundation,” said ETL Chief Executive Officer, Dennies Plaatjies at the gala. “But the main focus of HigherLife Foundation support is assisting those who are vulnerable, those children who are unable to make it into high school, where we know education is not free at the moment.” Plaatjies stated that ETL has supported over 2,000 children from Lesotho through HLF in various high learning institutions in the country, including the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

He further said: “We, as HigherLife Foundation Lesotho, are behind the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS). We are the second entity that pays school fees there.”

The ETL CEO said the number of students supported by HLF at NUL is over 70 every year. Plaatjies also shared that some of the foundation’s beneficiaries pursued studies overseas at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Stamford, among others.

“We have a number of them doing PHD, and so we appreciate that HigherLife Foundation and the golf fraternity have been supporting us and contributing to the two percent we set aside every year for our social responsibility investment. I want to say that all the pledges you have made have truly changed lives.

“This work has been done by you, and without you, Maseru Golf Club, we would probably be struggling to reach more of these children.” Plaatjies said they have decided to expand their educational support to those who pass their LGSE final examinations with distinctions.

“I would like to point out that over and above supporting the vulnerable children two years ago, or rather three years ago, we decided to expand this educational support to those who pass their LGSE final exams with distinctions. We then approached their Majesties to allow and grant us the name of King Moshoeshoe for that scholarship,” he said.

Plaatjies revealed that under the King Moshoeshoe Scholarship, ETL, through HLF, had already supported 20 Basotho students. ETL matched the M463,000 pledged at the gala golf event, bringing the total to M926,000.”

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