THE Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) recently relaunched the iconic Molimo-Nthuse Lodge after a decade out of business.
The lodge was launched at a colourful occasion that was spiced up by light showers that complemented the facility’s scenery.
The event was graced by Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki.
Established in the 1970s, the lodge is located in Setibing, in the Molimo-Nthuse Pass which leads to the Thaba-Tseka district.
The newly refurbished facility boasts of a restaurant and 15 rooms with stunning mountainous vistas and a conference room.
Acting LTDC chief executive officer Sehlabaka Ramafikeng told guests at the launch that his organisation has been working on the re-opening since 2013 but the project was hindered by their unsuccessful search for suitable managers.
“In 2018 we found someone who was interested in running the establishment,” Mr Mamasiane said.
He said that the contract for the reopening was signed in February 2019 with Molegoane Ltd (Pty) taking over. Phano Mohapi was immediately appointed the managing director.
For his part, Mr Mohapi said they would work to return the lodge to its best standards.
“We are here today to re-launch this establishment as people may have perhaps forgotten about what this place offers so that they can witness that the lodge has returned to its prestigious status,” Mr Mohapi said.
The principal secretary in the Tourism Environment and Culture ministry, Tieho Mamasiane, said he hoped to see the establishment’s success trickle down to the Setibing community.
“When you see that you are operating well, I ask that we work together and ensure that we change the lives of the vulnerable,” Mr Ramafikeng said.
Mr Ramafikeng implored the villagers to ensure that the place remains clean.
Mr Moleleki said Molimo-Nthuse has always been loved “as a place for welcoming and caring for tourists in Lesotho”.
“The government is convinced that the government must not run any business. Instead, business must be awarded to knowledgeable individuals who are passionate,” Mr Moleleki said.
Mr Moleleki also pleaded with herd boys and the police to desist from behaviours that scare off tourists like pelting their vehicles with stones and demanding bribes.