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Letšeng golf tourney raises M343 000 for charity

Leemisa Thuseho

THE 12th edition of the annual Letšeng Diamonds Charity Golf Classic on Friday raised M343 000 at Maseru Golf Club in Maseru.

This year’s figure is a M33 000 increase to the M310 000 raised last year and will be used for a yet to be identified charitable initiative in the Mokhotlong district.

The tournament was held on Friday afternoon and was followed by a prize giving ceremony later in the evening at the same venue.

Letšeng’s corporate social responsibility investment (CSRI) administrator Tšepo Hlojeng said the event was more inclined to charity than competition.

“We invite different companies in the countries whom we work with to come and voluntarily contribute towards charity,” Hlojeng said.

“This is purely a social event that is more about fun than competition while we celebrate the different companies’ contributions.

“The event is aimed at helping vulnerable people, especially from Mokhotlong district where we operate.”

He said they would now conduct a needs analysis to identify the different projects that will respond to the community’s needs.

“We are going to conduct a needs assessment after which we will conduct a project for the Mokhotlong community.

“Last year we built a village Chief Office at Pae-Leea-Itlhatsoa in Mokhotlong which cost M280 000 including furnishing.” he disclosed.

Hlojeng in the past they used to focus on short term needs like buying school books until they shifted towards sustainable community projects.

“This initiative fits into the bigger picture of Letšeng Diamonds’ corporate social responsibility programmes.

“Last year we raised M310 000 and this year we managed to raise M343 000 because the number of companies has increased. This indicates that the initiative has grown and hopefully, in future we would need to change the format to accommodate everyone.”

This year’s tournament was won by the team of Nkuebe Letsie, Tlotliso Khabo, Mphaphathi Moshoeshoe and Seenyane Nthejane who scored 134 points.

The United Kingdom-based Gem Diamonds is the majority shareholder at Letšeng Diamonds with 70 percent shareholding. The government owns the remaining 30 percent.

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