In a bid to fulfil its mandate of ensuring that most of Basotho have registered tittles to their land, Land Administration Authority (LAA) will hold a public gathering at Semonkong in Maseru on Thursday.

According to LAA Executive Manager Mr. Tankiso Sephoso, the public gathering will bring together community members from about seven villages that fall within the Semonkong Urban Area with the aim to engage with them about steps required to register their land parcels so that they can be issued with a lease document.

He added that community members will also be informed of documents required that serve as evidence that one has been allocated rights to use the land, emphasising that the Land Act of 2010 require all urban area dwellers to have their plots registered and issued with a lease document.

He indicated that prior to the gathering, LAA will hold a workshop for Semonkong Urban Council on Wednesday with the objective to discuss salient points in the Land Act of 2010 as they affect the work of the Councils, LAA services and the current land tenure system in the country.

He added that issues around inheritance, taking care of sites belonging to orphaned children, frequent disputes that occur on land and their resolutions are among those that will feature prominently during the workshop.

The public gathering will be graced by the presence of the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship and also a Member of Parliament for ‘Maletsunyane, Mr. Kotiti Liholo.

The Land Administration Authority was established to reduce land transaction costs and land transaction inefficiencies. It has assumed the functions of land administration including deeds registration and land survey and mapping from the previous department of Land Survey and Physical Planning (LSSP). It further undertakes functions of land administration including leasing deeds registration as well as land survey and mapping.