Lesotho - Likalaneng-Thaba Tseka Road Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Oct 2003
Signature Date 25 May 2004
Planned Completion Date 29 Jun 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 8,742,758.74
Status Completion

Project General Description

Likalaneng-Thaba Tseka Road Project is part of theupgrading/rehabilitation, maintenance and capacity building efforts the Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program (RRMP). It's designed to assist a proportion of the isolated rural communities through increased access to markets and basic social infrastructure services (i.e., market centers, access roads, schools and clinics) at lower costs, facilitate and improve traffic movements to and from the central mountain region. Upgrading of the proposed road in the central mountain region is expected to impact positively on the rural community through the generation of employment during project implementation and ensuing maintenance activities, improved accessibility to markets, schools, health centers and rural service centers. It comprises three components; namely: (A) civil works through upgrading of 85 km of existing gravel road to a Class A bitumen road standard of a width of 7.0-meter carriageway and 1.0-meter paved shoulders on either side between Likalaneng and Thaba Tseka; (B) consultant services for supervision of the above civil works; and (C) project audit services.

Project Objectives

The project should contribute towards the sector goal of facilitating economic development and poverty reduction by improving the efficiency of the national transport infrastructure particularly in the rural mountainous areas of the country. The project objectives are to reduce vehicle operating and road maintenance costs and to improve the quality of transport service levels between Likalaneng and Thaba Tseka.


The operators are intermediate beneficiaries and the ultimate beneficiaries are the 20,000 or so passengers carried annually on the route. Freight and passenger services from the wider community into the project area are generally provided by the private sector. Freight is moved mainly by operators out of Maseru, as are most of the passenger’s services. Five private bus operators serving the project link were identified, four covering the route Maseru-Thaba Tseka and one covering the route between Likalaneng and Thaba Tseka. The latter should derive the greatest proportionate benefit from reduction in operating costs as the whole route is covered by the improvement.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Lesotho
Ministry of Works
Ministry of Public Works and Transport


IATI identifier 46002-P-LS-DB0-009
Last Update 05 Dec 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Lesotho