In his budgetary estimates statement delivered before Parliament last month, Finance Minister, Thabo Sofonea inter alia indicated that for the current 2021/ 2022 financial year, government will embark on the rehabilitation of Moshoeshoe I Airport to give it an international feel.
â€œGovernment will vigorously rehabilitate Moshoeshoe I International Airport with the objective of meeting International Civil Aviation Organisation standards. To guard against fire outbreak the Government intends to procure a Fire Truck for provision of reliable cover service to retain international standard of service,â€ he said.
The Director of Moshoeshoe I Airport Letsoaka Sekonyela, told this publication that his ministry as a whole had been allocated M15.3 million, which he labed too little to even attempt the airport rehabilitation or upgrade project alone.
â€œM15.3 million would not even be enough for the rehabilitation of the Moshoeshoe I Airport. For rehabilitation of the whole airport we are talking Billions not Millions. As for the budget to upgrade the airport, we will only know what has been targeted at a later stage when Finance has prepared the budget that will clearly state how much is allocated for which project,â€ he said.
Sekonyela indicated that, the budget for the Airport will determine which parts of the airport will be rehabilitated looking for where there is a huge need for that.
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Tlhopheho Sefali refused to divulge details preferring rather to say that public finance budgetary issues are a critical issue than cannot go around being discussed in the media. â€œBudget is a very sensitive and critical issue, we do just give its details to media personnel, it is unethical to do that,â€ he said.