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Morija gets M100 000 shot in the arm

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — The Econet Telecom Lesotho Morija Arts and Cultural Festival has received another shot in the arm with a local fuel supplier chipping in with M100 000.

Engen’s sponsorship saw organisers of the festival, set for October 28 to 31, heaving a huge sigh of relief.

The festival organisers have been complaining about a very tight budget which has seen them dropping big-name artists and other activities originally planned for the gala.

Title sponsor Econet Telecom Lesotho this year pumped M750 000 into the festival.

Festival director Thabo Leanya on Friday told Xpress People that Engen’s contribution would boost the event.

“We are very humbled with the sponsorship from Engen,” he said.

“Despite the sponsorship being made just a few days before the festival we are going to utilise the money and include other activities that were going to be omitted from our activity plan.”

“Engen with its boost stands as one of our golden sponsors and we are hoping this is a start of a long and fruitful relationship,” Leanya added.

“We urge more local companies to see the need to invest and assist in making the festival a success.”

Engen managing director Motsarapane Molapo told Xpress People they had not hesitated to chip in even though the festival organisers approached them at the last minute.

“We received their letter at the last minute hence we only responded two weeks before the festival,” Molapo said.

“We could have possibly helped with an amount more than M100 000.

“This is a once-off initiative before we are highly involved in supporting the festival.

“We are hoping that next year we come to an agreement for sponsorship for the long term.”

He added: “The festival is a very significant event in the country because it is mandated to connect people and as a local company we saw the need to help the initiative.”

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