Hundreds of families living in the highlands of Lesotho stand to have their homes and ancestral lands submerged underwater, due to the construction of a dam. Polihali Dam will be the third and largest dam with construction set to begin in 2019.
The multi-phased Lesotho Highland Water Project (LHWP) was signed between South Africa’s apartheid regime and Lesotho’s Military State in 1986, to transport water through tunnels and streams from Lesotho’s mountains to South Africa’s economic heartland Johannesburg.
In return, Lesotho was promised an income and to become self-sufficient through the generation of hydropower electricity.
Twenty years have passed on since the construction of the first two dams, those affected people who were displaced by the construction of those dams have still not received their compensation.
The people of Polihali are now concerned that the same destiny awaits them, they appeal that they receive fair compensation that will lead them to have better lives for them and their descendants.