Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Lesotho
Some international publishers, such as Macmillan and Pearson, are represented in Lesotho. Educational materials for local school curricula are also published under Longman and Heinemann, imprints of Pearson. Business Advertising and Marketing Media are one of Lesotho’s main publishing companies, established in 2009. The company produces a variety of products including newspapers, magazines, books and newsletters.
Lesotho is placed 104 out of 144 countries on the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13 and has an intellectual property protection score of 3.0 out of 7.0. Nearby country Swaziland is ranked at 69 and has a score of 3.6. South Africa is placed at 20 out of 144 countries and with an intellectual property protection score of 5.3.
There is a reasonable sized publishing market in Lesotho, particularly for educational publishers, as the National University of Lesotho is situated in Maseru. In total there are around 440,000 students alone in Lesotho’s primary and secondary schools also creating some market. Despite this, the majority of books are imported from South Africa and most of the textbooks used in schools and colleges are published in South Africa, United States or United Kingdom.
Despite Lesotho having a small printing industry, the majority of local newspapers are printed in South Africa and transported to the country to avoid the high costs of printing. It is these high printing costs, alongside poor technology which make it a problem for Lesotho’s small publications to fully thrive. Due to the country’s low literacy rates, radio is a more popular medium amongst locals.
|Printing and Publishing organisations in Lesotho|
|Macmillan Boleswa Publishers (Lesotho) Ltd||