Africa-Press – Lesotho. THE Land Administration Authority (LAA) has scooped yet another international award from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR). The award was presented to the LAA at a function held in Barcelona, Spain, last month.
The award was for best outstanding business results, best practices, quality awareness and achievement by companies in the regional and global markets. This is the second time that the LAA has received an international award. Last year the LAA was honoured with an international award on technology.
The LAA Director General, ’Mataeli Makhele-Sekhantšo, said the LAA was established as an autonomous government body by the Land Administration Authority Act. She said the objective was to modernise and improve land administration services and to reduce land transaction costs.
“The ESQR awards recognise organisations’ distinctive performance improvement, organisational excellence, customer focus and encourage them to share their best practice, experiences and knowledge with other organisations,” Makhele-Sekhantšo said.
“The recognition is independent assurance for organisations stakeholder and customers and it motivates the organisation employees to strive for sustainable excellence,” she said.
The Board Chairman, Ratšele Ratšele, congratulated the staff of LAA for their hard work. However, he said as much as the organisation has improved, “there are still some challenges which need to be addressed by the government”.
“The organisation still seeks to extend the issue of licenses in all the places across the country,” Ratšele said.
“The act that regulates estate agents still need to be strengthened,” he said.
He said sectional title deals which distinguish the size of land to be registered still need to be reviewed to allow people who can afford to buy small pieces of land.
Local Government Deputy Minister ’Mathato Phafoli said the government is proud of this organisation since “it fulfills the mandate of the local government for administering the lease holding”.
Phafoli said the administration for the lease is not only crucial for regulating land, but also to boost the economy of the country. “Land is the crucial treasure which needs to be registered with the LAA so that it can benefit even the coming generations,” Phafoli said.
She said one of the government’s strategic plans is to improve food security. However, agricultural land is being utilised for industrial purposes, business premises and for household purposes.
“We are worried as to how Basotho will in the coming years acquire food,” she said. She said immediate action must be taken because Lesotho could fail to grow food for its people.
Phafoli said the government is more concerned about agricultural land which is being utilised for industrial purposes instead of food production. She said this exposes the country to high risk of food security failure.