The department of information was started in 1963 for its general public relations services. It has developed a film library, photography and press release facilities which are essential for its activities. In the early stages it was little more than an extension of the General Office of Information in London whose periodicals, features, posters, pictures and other educational material were distributed.
The Department strives to develop and maintain a printing and publishing infrastructure for effective coverage of the country by way of newspapers, periodicals, pictures and other printed materials. It also endeavours to develop and improve print content that is relevant to national development.
The publications section is charged with the responsibility of collecting, editing, translating and arranging of printing of information material on Lesotho in the form of booklets, brochures, releases, posters, portraits and others. It is also to ensure the accuracy and conformity to good taste and high standard of presentation of the Ministry?s publications. Besides the issuance of press statements, the section handles and processes applications for press accreditation of local and foreign journalists and arranges press conferences and interviews of the Head of Government and Ministers by foreign newsmen and women. The section draws a list of public holidays for distribution on requests to business houses, embassies, schools and others. It also sells portraits of the Head of State and the Head of Government.
Administration section involves a great deal of multitasking; these section responsibilities include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operations of the office. Support managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to the ministry and communication. Responsible for confidential and time sensitive material. The duties are to answer and direct phone calls, organize and schedule meetings and appointments, maintain contact list, produce and distribute correspondence memos, letters, faxes and forms, assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports, order office supplies, submit and reconcile expense reports, provide general support to visitors, take dictation, research and create presentations, prepare and monitor invoices.
Press Section is responsible for publication of two weekly newspapers, namely: Lesotho Today and Lentsoe La Basotho. Lentsoe La Basotho concentrates mainly on the people in the rural areas while Lesotho Today focuses on the urban dwellers or centres. Its functions are:
Editorial section is responsible for the daily operations of publications or websites and reports to the editor. They also read content submissions, editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. The editorial section must verify facts and determine if a manuscript or article is ready for publication. In the print publication an editor might also work with a graphic designer to decide on layouts and send the pages to press. The e