By: Nthati Moerane


Lesotho held the 3rd annual Lesotho open water festival, aimed at raising awareness around open water as well as celebrating International Water Day. Lesotho Military, Lesotho Mounted Police Services and Lesotho Durham Link participants’ showcased scuba diving, safety, rescue operations, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boating.

The celebration of the international Water Day at Metolong Ha Masakale, Thaba-bosiu, held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, was met with great success as various activities aimed at raising awareness about the importance and dangers of open water were carried out.

One of the highlights of the event was a 1.4 km swim by team Maruoaruoa, compromising all gender, sizes and shapes, the oldest being MOAFRIKA Open Water Facilitation Organisation’s 70 year old Sebonomoea Ramainoane, the leader and founder of the group.

The participation of Metolong swimmers added to a festive atmosphere. Chief Khethisa Masakale expresses his eagerness for comprehensive training for the swimmers, emphasizing their role in rescuing individuals from potential drowning incidents at the dam. He emphasizes the importance of preparing them for swimming competitions as well.

The coordination of the event was overseen by the Lesotho Sports and Recreational Commissions and the Lesotho Swimmers Association. The successful execution of this event highlights the commitment of all involved parties to promote water safety and awareness, ensuring the well being of communities in and around Metolong Ha Masakale.