Miners Risking Their Lives and Health in Lesotho

Growing poverty and unemployment forces thousands of miners from Lesotho's capital, Maseru to return to abandoned mineshafts and take their chances as illegal miners.

  • Lesotho:  Illegal Migrant Miners Risk Lives for Riches

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 16 July 2012

    Mohau Raphoka left his village, about 50km outside Lesotho's capital, Maseru, with high hopes of striking it rich in South Africa. "I was so unlucky; I should be driving a flashy ... read more »

A miner from Maseru.

  • Lesotho:  Cross-Border Health Crisis Hits Mineworkers

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 9 February 2009

    Two years ago Mopeli Mofoka, 39, left his wife and child in Maseru, Lesotho's capital, and joined the more than 50,000 men pushed by poverty and unemployment in their home country ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  LCD Wants More Control of Mines (analysis)

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 21 May 2012

    The Lesotho Congress for Democracy wants the government to have majority shareholding in all mining companies operating in Lesotho. read more »