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Econet Golf Day raises M276 600

Leemisa Thuseho

THE annual Econet Golf Day on Friday raised M276 600 that will go towards supporting the Highlife Foundation.

The money was raised at a gala dinner at Maseru Avani later that day.

Lebohang Rasethuntša, Amon Rupiya, Humphrey Leteka and Ramosehlana Mapetla were on Friday crowned this year’s champions. The four scored 96 points each and they all walked away with Samsung 32-inch HD flat screen TVs and unlimited Econet data for a month.

Ladi Martins, Ephraim Mokebe, Ade Lekoetje and Hopolang Letsunyane settled for second with 94 points. They each took home Hisense cellphones.

In third place was Sebota Kobeli, George Adoko and Papiki Maqelepo, each got modems.

This year’s tournament attracted 16 teams.

The golf tournament and the dinner are meant to raise funds for Econet’s Higherlife Foundation.

Econet chief executive officer Dennis Plaatjies said his company has invested in the foundation since 2011 to help vulnerable Basotho children with education and life skills.

“Econet is hosting this event to raise awareness of the work that is being done by Higherlife Foundation and to appreciate the businesses that have supported us,” Plaatjies said.

“The foundation helps vulnerable Basotho children with education, life skills and spiritual understanding. We help children from high school, all the way to tertiary depending how far a student can go.

“Since 2011, we have awarded 1313 scholarships and out of those, we have 32 graduates from various universities in Lesotho, United States of America and eSwatini.

“Higherlife Foundation strives to ensure that children with the potential to excel get the opportunity to attend the best universities in the world.”

He vowed that Econet would continue supporting the initiative as long as it exists.

“We will continue with this work because we want to ensure that students whom we call history makers lead this country to prosperity.

“Higherlife Foundation doesn’t compel graduates to return to the country after school because we believe wherever they are, they will be hoisting Lesotho’s flag,” he said.

Econet Telecom Lesotho is investing two percent of its annual revenue into the foundation with over M83 737 000 spent and over 45 000 lives impacted to-date through education, health, girls’ empowerment, job creation and sustainable livelihoods.

One of the Higherlife beneficiaries, Sebina Kose, who is an orphan said she was now in her third year pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Technology at the National University of Lesotho.

“I always work hard because I do not want to disappoint the foundation. They keep on visiting us and whenever I am around them, I feel like I part of a family,” Kose said.

The gala dinner saw companies and individual making pledges towards helping the foundation.

Lesotho Times and Sunday Express pledged M10 000 and promised to offer one-year attachment for two beneficiaries of the foundation from the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS).

The various pledges amounted to M138 300 and Econet pledged a similar amount to make it M276 600.

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