SETSOTO, LESHOBORO AND RAPOKOLANA FACILITIES TO BE PRIVATISED
Maseru, April 09 — Setsoto stadium, Leshoboro football ground as well as Rapokoloana High Altitude Training centre will be privatised in this new financial year according to Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation Ms. Likeleli Tampane’s comment in the National Assembly on Friday.
The Minister said these sporting facilities will be well managed and run under private companies more than while under the government.
Ms. Tampane further said Lesotho is scheduled to host African Union Sports Council Region 05 Games in December this year.
However, she lamented that there are currently no enough funds to prepare to host the games of that magnitude in which ten regional nations are scheduled partake.
The Minister who said the amount of money was not enough to meet the ministry’s requirements said portion of the money will go towards sporting association’s subvention through the mother body Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) as well as the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC).
Furthermore, the Minister noted that the money allocated for this financial year will go towards youth activities as well as women economic empowerment.
She also noted that the 16 Days Activism Against Women and Children Abuse will be marked with a series of awareness campaigns.
Rapokolana Sports Facility
The Minister highlighted that from the previous budget the Ministry used part of the budget to assist senior national side Likuena as well as Bantu FC in their international campaigns in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers and the CAF Champions League qualifiers.
However, member of parliament for Mechachane No.1 constituency Mr. Nyapane Kaya said the money allocated the ministry was not enough to revitalise sports in the country.
He believed that sports in the country is still below par as compared to other countries like the neighbouring South Africa, citing that lack private sector investment in sports was the reason.
Mr. Kaya questioned the rationale behind big companies operating in the country like Nedbank which he said sponsors a soccer tournament known as Nedbank Cup in South Africa but none in Lesotho.
He therefore suggested that the Minister should enact a law that will force such companies to invest in sports.
However, Speaker of the National Assembly Mr. Sephiri Motanyane reminded him that the Government gives incentives to companies which invest in sports as they get tax rebates.
The Ministry has been allocated a sum of M67 742 109 for this year’s financial year.
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