Communications Minister Roy Padayachie signed a statement of co-operation with his Lesotho counterpart Mothejoa Metsing in Pretoria on Monday, the department of communications said.
“We have no choice but to work together in the best interests of the people of South and Africa and Lesotho. 4.5 million Basotho live in South Africa compared to the Kingdom’s 1.9 million population,” Metsing was quoted saying in a statement.
It was not justifiable that residents of the two countries had to pay so much for communicating when the distance between Johannesburg and Lesotho was shorter than that between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“This calls for intervention on ways of reducing the cost to communicate for the people of our countries.”
The statement would serve as a vehicle to explore potential partnerships between the two countries. Areas of potential co-operation included digital migration, cyber security, home-and- away roaming, postal services and broadband internet.