#Top5atFive: Here’s what’s happening in Lesotho and around the globe


From the Deputy Commissioner’s arrest to mental health in the workplace, here’s a wrap of the past week that started with celebrations of Africa Day on the continent. 

1Local headlines

Lesotho Mounted Police (LMPS) Deputy Commissioner Mahlape Morai was arrested last Thursday and charged for contravening South Africa’s lockdown regulations. Deputy Commissioner Morai confirmed her arrest and said she was in quarantine at her home in Ladybrand but did not comment any further [Top Cop arrested, charged in SA, Lesotho Times].

2Local Headlines

Lesothos’ first confirmed case of COVID-19 is now recorded as recovered. This was officially published by the Ministry of Health after 240 samples – including those from the confirmed infected person – were sent to the NIH in South Africa and all tested negative [1st Lesotho confirmed case recovers, Public Eye Daily].

3Global Headlines

Madagascar’s Ministry of Health has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) to organize free transport for pregnant women to access healthcare while public transport is disallowed. The lockdown in Madagascar has been partially lifted but the bus service will continue to run 24 hours a day until the end of the pandemic [Pregnant women in Madagascar get free transport to hospitals during coronavirus pandemic, CNN]

4In Lifestyle

Lesotho’s Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) has reported that it raised only M2 in its campaign to assist local football teams and has not called it off [PLMC aborts fundraising initiative after raising M2, Lesotho Times].

5What we’re reading

COVID-19 and mental health in the workplace, Selibeng.com. This article shows the different ways that this current pandemic is affecting the world of work across industries and highlights the toll it is taking on our mental health.


Matlhabeli Molaoli
Matlhabeli is a reader, an Afro-feminist and a firm believer in the power of human-centered design to create lasting social-economic impact. She is a rising junior at Smith College where she majors in both Biochemistry and Anthropology and also dabbles in venture consulting for the local start-up ecosystem. Matlhabeli also enjoys dialogue so she has spent much of her time attending, speaking at and organising TEDx conferences in both Lesotho and South Africa during her time as a student at the African Leadership Academy.