The Honourable Minister of Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture ‘Mamotsie Motsie kick-started her site visits by attending field trips to the Ministry’s facilities which deal with the attraction of tourists, preservation of environment, conservation of cultural heritage as well as the promotions of literacy. The first tour took place at the National Museum and Art Gallery whose construction is nearing completion and is expected to start operating in 2020.
Sod turning for the construction of the National Museum and Art Gallery was done in November 2015. When completed, the structure will be a three storey building which will take a shape with a spiral aloe intended to depict one of Lesotho’s endemic species traditionally known as ‘‘Lekhala-Khaletsa’’. The National Museum and Art Gallery will have displays of the history of Lesotho and Basotho from as far back as the colonialism years to the current way of life from the attire, norms and values, beliefs, food, animals and many more’’, explained the Director of Culture Moliehi Ntene.
In his speech, the Principal Secretary Mr Khomoatsana Tau thanked the architects for coming up with such a beautiful concept and design while the Honourable Minister thanked the contractors for executing such a mammoth task of such a complicated and unique structure. She concluded by expressing her sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the project thus far and that she couldn’t wait for the project to be complete so that the government can contribute towards job creation and instil a sense of pride in such a beautiful and exceptional space.