HOW TO BE A MEMBER OF PHUTHALICHABA SAVINGS AND CREDIT SOCIETY LTD UNDER NUL INNOVATION HUB

 

A. INTRODUCTION

PhuthaLichaba is a lending and credit cooperative, registered under the Department of Cooperatives in the Ministry of Small Businesses (its temporary but official name is Roma Savings and Credit Society). It is one of the many businesses being incubated under the NUL Innovation Hub.

It is meant to grow into an investment body that will enable Basotho to have a shareholding in the NUL's rapidly developing innovative businesses. Any Mosotho who lives anywhere in Lesotho, but who has a bank account can join the cooperative.

NARRATIVES OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY IN BASOTHO ACCORDION SONGS



by

Dr. L. S. Phafoli and N. S. Zulu
National University of Lesotho

https://doi.org/10.1080/02572117.2014.997055

Abstract

This article analyses accordion songs of the Basotho people as small narratives of self-identity. The songs are constructions of the way the singers think of and experience themselves as Basotho, of their home country, Lesotho.

KNOW ABOUT NUL'S MOSHOESHOE INSTITUTE

 

In 2015, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) turned 70 years and embarked on its first home grown introspection. From this exercise, a consensus was reached to establish Moshoeshoe I Institute of Peace and Leadership; to contribute to a culture of servant leadership and culture of peace through research and teaching and training of new crop of national and regional leaders who exude the values of Morena Moshoeshoe I. In 2018, the intitute began its work of cultivating servant leadership, empathy, peace and nation building.

 

NUL HOLDS GENDER DIALOGUE

 

The National University of Lesotho (NUL), through the Gender Steering Committee hosted a Gender Dialogue on the 28th November, 2019.

This event also marked the launch of the University’s process of developing an institutional gender policy that will ensure that the University lives up to its mandate, as stated in the NUL strategic plan 2015 - 2020.

"MY TIME AT THE NUL INNOVATION HUB", SAYS A UK ENGINEERING PROFESSOR

 

Being a developing country with around 50% of people living just above the poverty line, Lesotho has great ambition to improve its education system and to also innovative and exploit the use of its local resources and talents.

[Note: another version of this story was originally written for the Briton University newsletter in the UK].

NULIS STUDENTS ASSIST NUL INNOVATION HUB



The two brilliant National University of Lesotho (NUL) International School (NULIS) students , who have just written Grade 10 Junior Certificate Board Exams are Utsuk Narayan and Mufarowashe Muringani.

They are young Lesotho Ambassadors of a Singapore based Business Software Company called DeskEra. After intensely studying the software, the technology gurus, who have already developed some Apps already being used at their school, approached the NUL Innovation Hub.

"We have found a software that perfectly fits your business models," they said.

PHUTHALICHABA IS A NAME OF A NEW FINANCIAL COOPORATIVE TO BE INCUBATED UNDER THE NUL INNOVATION HUB.

 

Highly excited prospective members of the new financial cooperative to be incubated under the NUL INNOVATION HUB voted on the name.

The name chosen was PHUTHALICHABA.

Prospective members, who are about 300 at the moment (the number is growing fast), were given a chance to vote in WhatsApp groups. In just 30 minutes, they came up with different names and then voted on the best name.

PHUTHALICHABA won the race and no other name even came close.

Viva PHUTHALICHABA Viva!

The name could have won the race for obvious reasons.

KNOW THE NUL REGISTRAR

 

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) Registrar, Mrs. Liteboho Maqalika-Lerotholi, assumed duty on 3rd March, 2015.

Born and bred in Lesotho in the Leribe district, Mrs. Maqalika-Lerotholi has a wealth of experience in leadership, administration and management having worked at the helm of several higher educational institutions within the country as well as the Ministry of Education and Training. She is an alumnus of the National University of Lesotho.

BOLEPO TEA MADE FROM MAIZE SILK ADVANCES TO THE NUL INNOVATION HUB

 

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) Innovation Hub is happy to introduce another milestone, an amazing tea by Joalane Mohale and ‘Matsomoli Mokhele, the NUL graduates. The Hub is now incubating Bolepo tea. It is a delicious and healing tea made from maize silk (Bolepo ba poone).

It was first developed by NUL students, commercialised outside NUL, and made its way to the NUL Innovation Hub. The hub is now preparing it for large scale commercial production.

“It is a tea that combines taste and medicinal properties in one package,” ‘Matsomoli Mokhele said.

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE NULISTICE 2020

 

The National university of Lesotho (NUL) International Science, Technology and Innovation Conference and Expo (NULSTICE) is a biannual event meant to:

1. Showcase products and ideas by NUL students, graduates and staff
2. Update the public on the university’s relevance with regards to development of modern economy
3. Discuss solutions to pressing issues of our times
4. Create networking opportunities for young innovators

Six volunteer ushers who are registered NUL students are needed to assist with the NULISTICE

Work scope:

COME AND LISTEN TO ADVOCATE KEVIN MALUNGA, THE DEPUTY PUBLIC PROTECTOR IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

The Faculty of Law at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) will hold a public Lecture on the theme “Mandate of Ombudsman in Administration of Justice in Lesotho:Lessons from the Office of the Public Protector South Africa”. Amongst the issues to be discussed in this lecture are:

(1) Maladministration and corruption in the public service;
(2) Delays in the issuing of judgments by the judiciary; and
(3) Executive or ministerial accountability.

CELEBRATING 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUL INNOVATION HUB

 

Exactly 1 year ago in this day,14th November, 2018, the National University of Lesotho Innovation (NUL) Hub was launched by His Majesty the King. A year later, the Hub is continuing to make waves across the country.

The approach is simple: Effectiveness, Concentration, Simplicity. We make soaps before vaccines, we grow trees before we make heart transplants, we make biscuits before we make self-driving cars and we grow tea before we go to the moon.

The hub aims to achieve a few things, perhaps just one. It seeks to be a catalyst for job creation in Lesotho

“MANY BASOTHO NAMES COME IN OPPOSITES,” SAYS NUL LINGUIST

 

Dr ‘Masechaba Mokhathi-Mbhele, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) linguist and the author of the book “Sesotho Personal Names as Minimal Pairs”, argues that Basotho have a tendency to give personal names that come in opposites to their children (she calls these names Lihanani (opposites) and she has a ton of examples to prove it.