Children’s theme park on the cards in Thaba Bosiu
A THABA Bosiu man, Moiloa Rantoeleng, who is passionate about children, is working to establish a children’s amusement park just opposite the Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village.
Mr Rantoeleng recently told the Lesotho Times that his plan is to ensure that children are catered for when the elderly are entertained by various activities in resorts.
He said he always notices many tourists visiting the resort with children who sometimes decide to stay in the car or grudgingly go along for the tour with their parents when they are apparently uninterested in the activities that are offered at different resorts.
Named Lefekeng Theme Park, Mr Rantoeleng said he intends to build a well-equipped amusement park specifically to entertain children.
“Children rarely have activities that are exclusive to them so I have decided to work on the Lefekeng Theme Park to cater for them,” Mr Rantoeleng said.
“I am in contact with an investor from KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa who is working on the modalities and once he is through work must begin on the theme park. After all is done, we will have a 50 percent each shareholding with the investor.”
Mr Rantoeleng secured the piece of land in 1987, the same year when he got a job at the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) as a tour guide. In the same year, he also registered the Lefekeng Disabled and Social Training Centre an organisation that he uses to fund school fees for disadvantaged children.
Mr Rantoeleng says he is passionate about the welfare of children and has since 1987 sponsored 282 children through high school.
“It was in 1982 when I had a striking dream that directed me to come back home and work to send disadvantaged children to school using some of my income. At the time, I was working at Lebanon Gold Mine in Gauteng province of South Africa and a year later, I headed the dream and came back home.
“On my return, I got a job at LTDC as a tour guide in September 1987 and continued channelling half of my income towards fees for disadvantaged children for their high school.
“At one time my wife complained but this is something that I am passionate about and we worked to reach an understanding,” Mr Rantoeleng said.
Mr Rantoeleng left LTDC in 2014 after being diagnosed of Alzheimer’s disease. He later got a job at the Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village as a tour guide. However, Mr Rantoeleng says his income has become too little and he now needs to establish another income generating project which will help him continue with his dream of sending disadvantaged children to school.
“I am hoping that the theme park will be running soon so that I can continue sending children to school,” Mr Rantoeleng said.