Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in Africa. But recently it has taken advantage?
Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in Africa. But recently it has taken advantage of its unique position (it is entirely surrounded by South Africa) by establishing a new industry -- gambling.
Lesotho has made use of South Africa's strict laws by offering South Africans forbidden fruits close to home. And they flock across the borders, eager to pluck them.
They can gamble, read soft-core pornography and catch the musical "???air", which is banned from the stages of their homeland.
The revenue derived from this now tourist industry has helped raise the standard of living in the tiny country.
In 1966 only 3,200 tourists visited Lesotho. The current rate runs at 100,000 a year. This influx has brought wider benefits.
Lesotho is one of the most literate countries in Africa where more than 50 per cent of the population of about one million can read and write, and they have been less hard hit by undernourishment and disease than other parts of the continent.