The Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture supported private sector operators who hosted the Second Annual ‘Maletsunynae Braai Festival from the 25th to the 26th November, 2017 in Semonkong on a site adjacent to the ‘Maletsunyane Waterfall. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists both from Lesotho and outside the country flocked to the event together with dignitaries such as some Honorable Ministers from His Majesty’s Government led by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Monyane Moleleki. Unfortunately the Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture Mrs ‘Mamotsie Motsie could not attend the event a she was out of the country on official business and was represented by her colleague Honorable ‘Matebatso Doti who is the Minister of the Ministry of Social Development.
We caught up with the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture Mrs Motena Tsolo who among others emphasised the importance of events of this type which help to promote tourist attractions. She also urged local communities which have similar attractions to approach the Ministry in order to set in motion partnerships that will see them benefiting from such attractions. Acting Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture Honorable Doti said it is the Government’s intention to support the private sector because it is through them that communities are able to benefit through the creation of jobs and opportunities.
The Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Monyane Moleleki also reiterated the sentiments of the Principal Secretary as well as the acting Minister by showing the importance of supporting event of this kind as communities are able to make money in various ways such as selling handicrafts, availing horse riding sessions by local horsemen, ushering, consumption of local foods prepared by communities and money other examples. The tourists themselves also acknowledged the importance of this event in that they had never been to ‘Maletsunyane but now through the event, they know all about it. They also loved the idea of having such fun in the wilderness. Community members also loved the event because they were able to make some money which they were otherwise not going to have had it not been for the event and that the road going to the waterfall has been repaired leaving them content with ease of travelling.