U.S. Citizens Town Hall Note

Call Summary:  Virtual U.S. Citizen Town Hall with Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales & Colleagues April 2, 2020, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM On Thursday. April 2, 2020, at 4:00 PM, the U.S. Embassy held a virtual town hall over a call-in line with U.S. citizens in Lesotho.  U.S. citizens on the call heard updates from Ambassador …

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Alert: Lockdown Order By Government of Lesotho

The Prime Minister has announced measures (see below) to fight COVID-19. Lesotho will go into lockdown from midnight March 29 to April 21, 2020. The Embassy will continue to offer emergency services to American citizens provided such assistance can be conducted under the currently scheduled lockdown mandate. Please contact  USConsularMaseru@state.gov  with any emergency requests or inquiries. The …

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Health Alert: South Africa Announces New Travel Restrictions

On Sunday, March 15, new restrictions on entry to the Republic of South Africa were announced by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The most relevant restrictions for U.S. citizens currently in or planning to visit Lesotho include: 1) Effective Monday, March 16, closure of some land borders between South Africa and Lesotho, and 2) effective …

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Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Maseru (March 6, 2020) Location:  Lesotho – All Ports of Entry Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide. The Government of Lesotho has implemented enhanced screening and …

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U.S. Embassy to Lesotho Security Alert

Event:  Holidays in Lesotho provide increased risk for criminal activity. There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, and assault. Travelers to Lesotho are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash. Actions to Take:  Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events. Review your personal security plans. Be aware of …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Maseru, Lesotho

Events: Thursday, October 25:  Mo Afrika FM radio station will hold a procession from the Pope’s Field along John Paul Road via Katlehong to Moshoeshoe Statue commencing at 09:00 A. M.  Police will lead the procession.  The participants will be expected to disperse at 15:00 P.M. Friday, October 26:  A group identified as “Concerned Basotho” will hold a …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Kofi Annan Road in the Thetsane Industrial area and Moshoeshoe Event: Due to unresolved wage disputes, workers who were due to report to work this morning have instead lined the streets leading through to the Thetsane factories.  There have been reports of resumed protesting in the Thetsane Industrial region.  There have been reports of shots …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Moshoeshoe Road, Cathedral Circle, Main South 1, and Thetsane Industrial area Event:  Due to additional reports of protests and unpredictable movement, US Embassy Maseru has decided to go to reduced staff and has permitted liberal leave for Embassy employees.  In light of reports that additional protestors plan to re-assert their grievances to the high …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Moshoeshoe Road, Cathedral Circle, and Thetsane Industrial area Event:  Protests escalating in what started in the Thetsane Industrial area last night where Police and military were present in the area.   Shots were fired in this area.   Protests have restarted and another group has gathered by the Polytechnic Institute heading south to Sefika Shopping Center. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Kofi Anan at the Thetsane Industrial Area (near the portion of Kofi Anan Road before the circle at the Puma garage) Event:  Security Unlimited has reported that workers’ union protests from last week have been reignited due to remaining unsettled disputes. There have been confirmed reports of stones being thrown into the road by …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Koffi Annan at the Thetsane Industrial Circle (closest to Econet Telecom and Thetsane Police Station) and Maputsoe (closest to the industrial factory area) Event:  According to police reports, a worker’s union strike has turned into a protest, currently taking place in Maseru.  The worker’s union is composed of security guards, factory and general services …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Ladybrand, South Africa. Event:  A planned protest in Ladybrand is scheduled for May 24, 2018.  Although, the exact location and timing is not known at this time, this protest has the potential of becoming violent based on previous experiences with similar protests in the past. An official notice has been sent to Ladybrand residents …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Rustenburg, Swartuggens, and Zeerust in North West Province Event:  The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens of ongoing protest activity in North West Province, specifically near the towns of Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg along the N4 highway.  Roads in the area have been blocked with stones and burning tires.  Residents in these …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location: Maseru Bridge Border Crossing and Sesoto National Stadium Event: The Embassy has received information from the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and from local media reports stating that Maseru Bridge Border crossing will be closed on Monday April 2 due to protest by Lesotho taxi companies. There are reports that South African border officials …

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Messages for U.S. Citizens From U.S. Mission South Africa

The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media prior to travel, avoid any reported conflict …

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