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ABOUT US
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Overview

 

From 01 August, 2004 until April 30, 2013 the Authority was mandated with regulating the electricity sector. In 2007 the Government decided that the Lesotho Electricity Authority (LEA) should be transformed to be a multi-sector regulatory body assuming additional powers to regulate urban water and sewerage services in the country. LEWA officially started regulating both electricity and urban water and sewerage services sector on May 01, 2013.

The Authority independently deals with matters such as electricity pricing, complaints handling and resolution and the supervision of the implementation of the Quality of Service and Supply standards (QOSSS) by its licensees.
 

Vision

"To be a world class utilities regulator that facilitates delivery of affordable, sustainable and quality services."


Mission

"To regulate the electricity, urban water and sewerage services in the interests of all stakeholders through transparency, consistency, professionalism and teamwork."


Motto

"A partner to all for sustainable services."


Value Statements

"The value statements reflect what the Authority stands for and how it is going to conduct itself. In its quest to comply with the LEA Act 2002 as amended, legislation relevant to regulation, and good corporate governance practices, the Authority has adopted the following values:"

Professionalism 
The Authority shall undertake, at all times, a competent and committed approach in line with professional ethics and standards.

Teamwork
The Authority shall at all times, embrace team work, mutual cooperation, extensive consultation and appreciation of diverse perspectives in the discharge of its duties and functions.

Efficiency
The Authority shall make regulatory decisions without undue delay using minimum resources available.

Integrity
The Authority’s decisions and practices shall be honest, reliable, ethical and unbiased. Excellence The Authority shall be a high quality, continuously improving and self-aware institution.

Background History

The Lesotho electricity market today consists of over 120,000 consumers . In 2000, only 20,000 of the estimated 400,000 households in Lesotho, had been connected to electricity since the Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) started operations in 1969. In 2001, the Government, therefore initiated a restructuring program of the electricity industry sector. The reforms were meant to address the problems of inefficiency and lack of financial resources in the sector. The restructuring entailed commercialisation and privatisation of the LEC, the establishment of rural electrification structures, making 'Muela hydropower facility prices competitive and the establishment of a regulator.

The urban water sector currently has over 60,000 consumers in the urban centres of Lesotho.

A restructured electricity industry would need a regulatory body which would regulate the sector in the interests of all electricity sector stakeholders. Hence the Lesotho Electricity Authority – the predecessor of LEWA- was established in August 2004.

The LEWA gets funding from licensed electricity operators and a levy paid by electricity customers. The LEWA operates within the context of Government policy and has a duty to help in the realisation of the electrification and water and sewerage s targets as set by the Government.

[1] to be confirmed with  LEC

 
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