Letseng awards scholarships to 7 students

MASERU – Lesotho’s biggest mining firm, Letséng Diamonds, last Friday awarded scholarships to seven students to enable them to study at South African universities.

The seven join 15 other students who are already studying at South African colleges and universities under the Letsing Diamond scholarship scheme.

The students will study electrical engineering, mining engineering, environmental health and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting.

Letséng Diamond non-executive director Tiisetso Sello-Mafatle said the scholarships were awarded in line with plans to develop Lesotho’s mining industry.

“Letséng Diamonds awards academic scholarships to Basotho to study in fields relevant to the development of natural resources of Lesotho thereby benefiting the Lesotho mining industry and the Basotho nations,” Sello-Mafatle said.

It was not possible to establish how much each student was awarded as part of the scholarship.

Sello-Mafatle only said they were full scholarships.

“I am not able to tell with certainty how much will be spent but the scholarship is wholly financed by Letséng.

“It covers amongst other things tuition, accommodation, study permit, project allowance and personal subsistence allowance,” Sello-Mafatle said.

She said Letseng Diamonds was still waiting for a break-down of the cost from the various universities where the students will be studying.

She said the company had last year pumped in M1.5 million for the upkeep of 15 students studying at South African universities.

The principal secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources Bataung Leleka praised Letseng Diamonds for investing in the country’s youth.

Leleka said although Lesotho produced less diamonds than its neighbours in southern Africa its diamonds were of a better quality.

“Although Letséng produces less diamonds it produces best quality diamonds against its competitors in the southern African region,” Leleka said. “We produce less diamonds but with greater quality.”

The government of Lesotho holds a 30 percent stake in Letseng Diamonds while the rest of the 70 percent is owned by Gem Diamonds Limited.

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21 thoughts on “Letseng awards scholarships to 7 students

  1. Tlhatlosi Lebohang October 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I have completed my first degree at NUL under the faculty of science and technology. I wish to further my studies in UOFS South Africa. My subjects were Chemistry and Physical Geography so I wish start honours in either Agometereology or Geohydrology. Can I get a scholarship either from Letseng or anywhere in Lesotho?

  2. I am a student at Machabeng College and i will be writing my final exam in May next year. My higher leves sujects are Sesotho,Biology and Chemisty and would like to further my studies in UOFS or UNISA South Africa in either Medicine Or Biomedical Engineering.Is it possile for me to get a scholarship from Lets’eng to do these courses? If not, are there any other organisations that could offer me a scholarship?

  3. I am a student at Machabeng College and i will be writing my final exam in May next year. My higher leves sujects are Sesotho,Biology and Chemistry and would like to further my studies in UOFS or UNISA South Africa in either Medicine Or Biomedical Engineering.Is it possile for me to get a scholarship from Lets’eng to do these courses? If not, are there any other organisations that could offer me a scholarship?

  4. Moeketsi Masunyane April 13, 2011 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I was a student in high school and i wish to study a degree in civil engineering in any institution of higher learning or a diploma in Lerotholi Polytechnique so NMDS cannot offer me a scholarship since my uncle is unemployed and cannot pay back NMDS. Can Lets’eng offer me a scholarship?

  5. i will to know how must i do to get this scholarship? I am currently studing at South Africa University and i need scholarship becouse NMDS said that they do not have money to to sponser first year student.I am studing Financial Information Systems.

  6. @Above prospective students; As I have recognized, letseng announces the fields of interest to sponsor out, wise to say if ur prospective field is not recognized by letseng on the year you need to be sponsored, definitely u will not be sponsored…. thus letseng finalizes on scholarships fields before it announces them, hence it becomes difficult for them to switch to meet out of scope/pool fields. Additionally, all sponsored field have to do with the needs of Letseng.

  7. once again…Letseng criteria of selecting who is qualifying for the sponsorship is not based on student background not related to school, thus it is different from NMDS in that, NMDS sponsors everybody who qualifies to be at the University, while for Letseng, you have to be able to academically compete, thus your performance has to be outstanding among country(Lesotho) students. It receives over 2 000 applications from which it often pick less than 10, so really the competition is really high(Letseng), but NB: “There is nothing impossible if the man can remove the word impossible from his mind”.

    @Moeketsi… your uncle can not be the obstruction to your future. hence apply for Lerotholi to pursue ur career, if NMDS can not sponsor u for ur uncle, just goto the Prime-minister responsible for education and xplain wy u r not sponsored(ONLY IF YOU REALY PROSPECTIVE AND ASSIDOUS ON UR SKOL WORK”. But remember to tell your uncle to pay NMDS when he finds work, this not paying symbolizes immature citizens.

  8. I did 2 years in computer systems engineering and i am looking forward to futher my studies in uct.i also did electrical engineering

  9. I did 2 years in computer systems engineering at lerotholi politechnic and am looking forward to futher my studies in uct

  10. Its good to hear that Lets’eng Diamond Mine is also sponsoring Basotho Youth who will in future take responsibilty towards development of this country. I too am looking for scholarship to pursue MSc Food Security (part-time) in the University of KwaZulu Natal, in January. I have been serving Basotho Nation since 1988 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. I will be very grateful if I can be given a direction of which office to visit for further information.

  11. I completed my COSC in 2005 and have always applied for higher education but failed. In 2009, I lost my heart and am now employed as a waiter in SA, but I would like to be a professional chef in future and I wonder if Lets’eng Diamond can help me achieve my goal or any other organisation in Lesotho.

  12. I completed a BSc in Nutrition in 2008 and Iam now working as a teacher in one of the vocational school in Lesotho but Iam willing to work as a nutritionist and I would like to become one of the employees at Lets’eng diamond mine

  13. Thabiso stephen Mosala June 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I’m a form E student this year and I’m doing botk chemistry and physics and I’m also doing mining engineering. I would appreciate the sponsorship from the letseng diamond mining

  14. I have completed my matric in south africa 2010 and have applied at uofs this year 2012 Geography and environmental science.I am looking for a sponcership in Lets’eng diamond mining,would you please help me because my faith tells me you can.

  15. MOTALINOANE REENTSENG November 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    i have compeleted my COSC in 2010 but i have not yet gone further with my studies because i have not seen the course of my career yet.i had a little bit about letseng and i have a very much interest so how can i find the scorlarship?

  16. At the present moment I am a second year student studying Physics and Computer Science at NUL. I am asking whether Letseng can offer me a scholarship to complete my Bachelor of Engineering(B.Eng) in Electronic or any other mining course in South Africa.

  17. at the present moment I am a second year studying Physics and Computer science at NUL. I would like to know whether Letseng can offer me a scholarship to coplete my Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in electronics or any mining course in South Africa.

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