MASERU — South African mining firms, Harmony Gold Mines, and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), on Tuesday donated M2 million to King Letsie III’s Royal Education Development Trust.
The mines said the donation was in appreciation of the thousands of Basotho mine workers who are employed in South African mines.
An estimated 43 000 Basotho work in South African mines.
King Letsie III thanked the two companies for their contribution adding the donation will go a long way in educating disadvantaged Basotho.
“This is a huge contribution that will go a long way in contributing to the education of Basotho children, especially those who come from poor backgrounds,” the King said.
“I have no doubt that the education trust will not let you down and the money will be used efficiently so that those who need help benefit.”
He said the contribution showed the companies acknowledge the contribution made by Basotho who work in the mines.
The chief executive officer of Harmony Gold Mine, Graham Briggs, said they want to make a difference in the lives of Basotho.
“The donation that we are going to make is an indication of our commitment to making a difference in the lives of Basotho,” Briggs said.
He said over 8 000 Basotho work at Harmony Gold Mines.
A representative from ARM said Basotho who work in the mines work with respect and passion.
“Basotho who work in the mines are very respectful and are passionate about their work. This shows that they come from a good country,” he said.