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New Permanent Representative of Lesotho presents credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Presentation of Credentials


Thabang Matjama, the new Permanent Representative of Lesotho to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Matjama had been working as a public relations officer at the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, Mokhotlong since August 2016, after working as a public relations assistant there from May 2014 to July 2016. He did research and writing work for the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa in Johannesburg from February 2012 to February 2014; and was an investigative reporter at the Amabhungane-Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg from January 2013 to April 2020. He also served as an information and research officer at the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Maseru, Lesotho from August 2006 to September 2013; Acting National Director there from March 2007 to December 2020; and as an information and research officer there from February to December 2006.

Mr. Matjama’s career has focused on communication and journalism and includes working as a stringer for Agence France Press (January 2007 to December 2010) and for the British Broadcasting Corporation (January 2007 to September 2009). He worked as a coordinator at the Lesotho Catholic Bishops Conference – Social Communications Department, Maseru from May 2003 to August 2005, and as an information officer at the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, Maseru from April 2001 to April 2002.

Mr. Matjama has a diploma in advanced journalism studies from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom, and studied communication relating to development at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was born on 26 June 1979 and is married.