The Price of Gold: Day 18
The last day in Lesotho today. After managing to find Mr Letsie this morning and Mrs Selibo this afternoon we set off to find a village which we were assured was just an hour away. After an hour and a half of driving one of the most challenging, and beautiful, informal mountain roads that I have ever been on, we had to give up. We could see the village in the distance but we just couldn’t find a way to get to it. Here is a picture of the road that we travelled, and a short timelapse to give a better idea of the drop off.
Sekhobe Letsie is 72 years old and lives in on the outskirts of Maseru, Lesotho. Born in 1942 he started work in the mines in 1970, when he was 28 years old. He now has 4 children and lives off the small amount of farming that he can manage and money from his son. He is confused about his medical condition and was adamant that he had never been taken for medical screening whilst in the mines. He has silicosis and has not received any compensation.
Makatleho Selibo is the Widow of Mahola Selibo who worked as a team leader at President Steyn mine. In totally he worked underground for 33 years. He passed away in 2013 and suffered from TB and silicosis. He did not receive any compensation from the mines.
On the weekends at the mines he would run a shoe repair business, fixing the broken soles of his colleagues shoes. Makatleho and Mahola had 4 children and she now survives on subsistance farming and livestock.