YOUTH AND ENTREPRENUERSHIP, WHERE WE MAY BE GETTING IT WRONG

By Thabang Letsatsi 

1."Youths must study to be self-employed, no more brown envelopes."

95 % of us are not entrepreneurs by nature (including we who preach self-employment). It's not a surprise then that most youths feel insulted by this self-employment chorus. 

No, let's not ask the youths to self-employ beyond what they are already doing, let's create self-standing businesses that employ masses and let's financially support small existing businesses to help them hire more.

THE NUL-MADE “PITSA” POT THAT WILL HELP YOU MANUFACTURE MANY, MANY PRODUCTS

This National University of Lesotho (NUL) made pot, branded “Pitsa,” looks simple but it is not your normal pot! Because of its numerous uses, it may as well be the pot that marks the start of Lesotho’s industrialisation. “A list of things capable of being professionally made from this pot is endless,” said Mr Setlhare Jane who along with his research team members, Lesia Matlali and ‘Marethabile Jane, have been working on Pitsa for quite some time.

WILL AFRICA BENEFIT FROM TRADING WITH ITSELF? ASKS NUL ECONOMIST

Following in the footsteps of the European Union (EU) and other regions around the world, African countries are seeking to integrate their economies. This is done in the hope of simplifying and increasing trade between African countries and boosting their economic growth. However, do efforts to bring economies closer together work, at least in the context of Africa? “It worked for Europeans, at least to some extent, but there has been little evidence it could work in Africa,” says Dr Mamello Nchake, an Economics Lecturer at the National University of Lesotho (NUL). 

THANK YOU NUL, PART II

Last week, we promised to reproduce a letter of appreciation written by young bright minds from Africa who did a bridging program in the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Department of Economics. Here is the letter. 

"We express our deepest gratitude to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and in particular, the Department of Economics for the vigorous face-to-face tuition in Economics over the last six weeks. We don’t know if it is possible to convey in words the sense of gratitude we feel.

NUL'S CLOTHING EXPERT IS LOCALISING LESOTHO’S BIG CLOTHING INDUSTRY

Ms Papali Maqalika-Mokobori, a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Department of Consumer Sciences is doing what others dare only whisper in corridors. She is taking steps to localising Lesotho’s massive textile industry. She and her students are already practising concepts of mass production of clothes and her factory will be part of the much anticipated NUL-LNDC Industrial Park. 

WHY NUL IS DEVELOPING A BIG PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND ACCREDITED TESTING LAB

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) is in the process of developing the NUL Product Development and Accredited Testing Laboratory, says Professor Himanshu Narayan, a member of NUL Research and Innovations Committee (NULRIC). It will be a lab of labs, a big Lab. Its mandate is in its name, “product development” and “accredited product testing.” 

A SYSTEM THAT SCARES THIEVES, MONITORS EMPLOYEES AND AUTOMATES HOMES BY NUL GRADUATES

Bad news for thieves and those who are lazy at work! The system initiated at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) which tracks thieves in your yard or house on live video streamed to your cell-phone, is now ready for purchase. It can pick up the thieves’ voices, shock them with alarms and alternating lightsand help you keep an eye on your gossiping employees even when you are away—again, on your cell-phone! It even detects smoke or fire and smses you about it.

NUL’S BED OF WASTE

It is the first bed of its kind in Lesotho, fully made of waste paper—a mix of cardboards and newspapers—no wood at all! But it rivals your everyday wooden beds in strength, texture and looks. It is now being incubated as part of the NUL Innovation Hub and it will soon be produced at large scale in its own factory at the proposed NUL-LNDC Industrial Park. 

Most people look at this bed developed by Setlhare Jane, a Research Assistant at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and ask, “how can such a giant hard structure be from a mere waste paper?”

THE NUL GRADUATE CUISINE THAT SELLS SESOTHO FOODS

Her company is about the only one that sells traditional Sesotho foods in Lesotho—mocha-hlama, nyaka-fatane, nyekoe, sekele, likahare, motoho, potele, seketsa—you name them. It could be the only one in the world too. That’s why foreigners who visit Lesotho could not be so pleased. They get a treat they will never get anywhere else!

INTRODUCING THE ENGINEERED STONES OF THE MOUTAIN KINGDOM

They take what would otherwise be dull and boring stones, crush them, and reconstitute them into abnormally hard and glistering tiles and countertops that have intrigued the nation!

As members of the National University of Lesotho (NUL)’s Engineered Stone research team which includes Mr Lesia Matlali and Mr Setlhare Jane move around Lesotho, they are not only fascinated by Lesotho’s abundant stone resources, they are determined to turn them into remarkable products.

NUL RESEARCH ASSISTANT TAKES REMOTE SENSING TO ANOTHER LEVEL

Tiiso Ramadumane, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Research Assistant supervised by Mr Seforo Mohlalisi has developed a remote sensing system that tells you liquid level in terms of volumes in any of your storage devices, live, on your mobile-phone!

If, for instance, you are a mobile service provider, you don’t have to worry about a tower shutting down and signal running out unexpectedly due to low diesel levels.

THE SIZE OF THE BORDER AND PRODUCT MARKET INTEGRATION BETWEEN LESOTHO AND SOUTH AFRICA : A PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION APPROACH

Journal of African Economies, 2018, 1–19

Mamello A. Nchake (a,b,*), Lawrence Edwards (c),and Tresor N. Kaya (c)

(a) Department of Economics, National University of Lesotho, Maseru, Lesotho
(b) School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and
(c) School of Economics,University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa

*Corresponding author: Mamello A. Nchake. E-mail: mnchake@yahoo.com

Abstract

Despite efforts to increase integration within Africa, product markets remain seg-

THE APPEAL OF THE NUL CHATBOT

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) ChatBot is a brilliant "human-free" platform created by NUL student, Kabelo Lekhatla, which “understands” and answers your specific questions on Facebook, among other things.

It understands your questions no matter how you ask them, as if you are being responded to by a human. For instance, if you type a question, “what are the NUL tuition fees?” or “can you provide tuition fees?” it answers, “for which of the faculties below?” and then it lists the Faculties.

ECONOMICS SEMINAR! ECONOMICS SEMINAR! ECONOMICS SEMINAR!

Topic: The impact of regulations on investment in mobile telephone infrastructure in SADC countries

Date: Friday 17 August 2018 @ 10am 
Venue: Economics Seminar Room, National University of Lesotho

Dear all,

We are starting our new academic year (2018/2019) with a seminar presentation to be given by Professor Albert Makochekanwa (a visiting Professor from the Department of Economics, University of Zimbabwe). He will be presenting the paper titled "The impact of regulations on investment in mobile telephone infrastructure in SADC countries".

THE STAR SHINES BRIGHT FROM NUL

The exceptionally talented novel author, mentor, science tutor, motivational speaker and entrepreneur comes out of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). The author Khotso Masitha known as Jimmy amongst his peers and Thaema from his students releases the Motivational book "Fall Amongst the Stars. "

The author reveals his experience among his peers with a broad smile, "one of my colleagues said after seeing the book, "I never thought scientists can write"". 

NUL GRADUATE WINS GLOBAL HEROES PLATFORM AWARD FOR HIS AGRIC-WORK

The competition involved 123 participants from 49 different countries in 4 continents. Out of all these, Letsatsi Lekhooa, the former National University of Lesotho (NUL) Mathematics and Computer Science Student was number one after beating 122 other entrants. That is thanks to his work on sustainable agriculture, a development of his own orchard and community service in his village!

ELECTRICITY CAPACITY EXPANSION PLAN FOR LESOTHO - IMPLICATIONS ON ENERGY POLICY

Mamahloko Senatla 1, Mamello Nchake 2, Bennedict M. Taele 3, Innocent Hapazari 4

1. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Energy Centre, Pretoria 0184, South Africa,

2. Department of Economics, National University of Lesotho, Roma 180, Lesotho,

3. Department of Physics and Electronics, National University of Lesotho, Roma 180, Lesotho

4. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, National University of Lesotho, Roma 180, Lesotho 

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