PM LAUNCHES CEMENT PLANT
The Prime Minister (PM), Dr Pakalitha Mosisili says the government will
continue to look into strategies to establish new industries for the
economic growth of the country.
Dr Mosisili said this during the official opening of the first Afrisam
cement manufacturing facility in Maseru on Thursday.
He said the opening of the facility is one of the milestones and an
opportunity that can play a pivotal role in job creation, adding that a
cement plant can be a powerful sector in economic and social
Dr Mosisili said the facility is expected to create 1000 direct and
indirect jobs in a number of sectors within the plant.
He stated that the opening of the plant in Lesotho has been timely done
as Lesotho is on the verge of commencing second phase of the Lesotho
Highlands Development Authority.
He said the products will also be used in different infrastructures such
as houses owned by Basotho and that it meets the local cement demand
while it produces specialised products for huge projects like
construction of dams.
The Prime Minister congratulated Afrisam for putting up the plant in the
country, saying its contribution of the skills promotion in the local
labour force are most welcome.
Dr Mosisili also said Lesotho is committed to remain strong partners
with the cement company by providing the necessary support for it to
operate in the country.
Speaking at the same event, the Afrisam Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Mr. Stephan Olivier said the opening of the facility also celebrated
good relations with Basotho.
He said it is believed that the facility will be a significant
investment in the future of Basotho.
''We are proud that we can contribute in this manner towards the future
economic development of the country', Mr. Olivier said.
Mr. Olivier said a cement industry adds value in the economic growth of
the country, adding that the second phase of the facility will be
implemented in due course.
Afrisam is a leading supplier of construction materials in Southern
Africa. It has been supplying Basotho with cement for over half a
century now. It also established a physical presence in Lesotho when it
opened its distribution centre in Maseru in 1999.
The plant comprises a blending and packing facility and has an initial
cement production capacity of 200 000 tons per annum.
Source: LENA 09/02/2017