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Kingdom of Lesotho

Kingdom of Lesotho

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Basotho Public Debt Sustainability
Lesotho is one of the Sub-Saharan countries that struggle with persistent annual fiscal deficit. From FY2015/16 to FY2017/18 the country’s deficit stood at an average ...
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PESA Editorial - Lesotho - 3Q2018/19
Political instability and conflict has become systematic in Lesotho since independence in 1966. The country attained independence under the leadership of Leabua Jonathan of the ...
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PESA Editorial - Lesotho - 2Q2018/19
The Kingdom of Lesotho enjoys cordial bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China (China) dating back to 1983 following the former Prime Minister Leabua ...
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Lesotho Land Reform and Rural Transformation Overview
Lesotho’s current land governance and land reform programme is informed by the Land Act 8 of 2010, which succeeds the Land Act 17 of 1979 ...
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Impact of Political Uncertainty on Basotho Growth
The third Basotho elections in five years were held on 3 June 2017, after King Letsie III dissolved the national parliament in March 2017. King ...
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PESA Editorial - Lesotho - 1Q2017/18
Lesotho is known for its white diamond-water, which it exports to South Africa. Apart from water, the country exports garments, diamonds, wool and mohair. A ...
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PESA Editorial - Lesotho - 1Q2017/18
The Kingdom of Lesotho is a Constitutional Monarchy since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. Since then the country has experienced several political ...
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Media

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PESA Power987 Interview
Interview analysing the impact of the SADC Preventative Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho (SAPMIL) and the possible implications of the opposition party pulling out ...
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SAfm Interviews
Forum @8 interview about the lessons to be learned from the most recent political shifts in Zimbabwe. The discussion also looks at broader political economy ...
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Tim Modise Network
Interview about the recent assassination of Lesotho’s army commander by two senior officers just three months after elections. The discussion focuses on instability following Lieutenant ...
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PESA Power987 Interview
Interview about the current situation in Zambia with Hakainde Hichilema who was arrested for treason and is current awaiting his court ruling. The interview also ...
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Lesotho Geographic Location
Geographic Location

Lesotho is a mountainous, landlocked country located in Southern Africa. It is an enclave, surrounded by South Africa. The most notable geographic fact about Lesotho is that it is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres in elevation. Its lowest point is at 1,400 metres above sea-level, the highest lowest point of any country. Because of its elevation, Lesotho’s climate is cooler than in most other regions or countries at the same latitude.

Basotho Cities
Basotho Cities
Basotho Coat Arms
Coat of Arms

The Basotho coat of arms was adopted on 4 October 1968 following independence. The coat of arms contains a crocodile on a Basotho shield. This is the symbol of the dynasty of the Basotho. Behind the shield there are two crossed weapons, an assegai and a knobkerrie (club). To the left and right of the shield are supporters of the shield, two Basotho horses.

In the foreground there is a ribbon with the national motto of Lesotho: Khotso, Pula, Nala “Peace, Rain, Prosperity” in seSotho. The crocodile on the shield has been retained from the arms of Basutoland, the predecessor to Lesotho.

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