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Lesotho is a small mountainous country with a population of 2.1 million Basotho people. Its borders are enclosed within the borders of South Africa. Just 11% of Lesotho’s land is classified as arable with less than 1% of land classified as high potential land for crop production.  The majority of people live in the lowlands area (below 2000m altitude). 
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Lesotho Parliament Passes Small Scale Mining Law

24 November 2021

Bereng Mpaki writing in the Lesotho Times provides background on the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill which seeks to legalise artisanal and  small scale mining. This had previously been outlawed by the Mines and Minerals Act, 2005. According to the the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Natural…

South Africa’s apartheid regime manipulated borders. Today, the effects linger

11 November 2021

The issue of land, especially its redistribution, remains contentious in South Africa 27 years after the formal end of apartheid. Land redistribution was promised at the end of apartheid. The failure of the African National Congress (ANC) government to do so is emblematic of its failure to…


29 August 2021

Community leader Nkosinathi Buthelezi said the COVID-19 pandemic had hit the Waterworks informal settlement near Lenasia hard.



Lesotho has seen a rapid urbanisation with the quadrupling of its urban population between 1976 and 2006

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Customary law and institutions: Comparative perspectives from Eswatini and Lesotho

6 August 2021

By Sean Johnson, land administration specialist at COWI, Swaziland * This piece was originally published as part of the online discussion on customary law in Southern Africa Institutions – societal behaviour, norms, rules, laws, and structures – emerge, develop, and are shaped by the interaction of…