The tiles produced at the closed factory were made of clay mined from the village of Phoqoane in the same district.
Dr Molapo made this revelation on Monday during his tour of the district where he was accompanied by his mining counterpart Serialoang Qoo together with high ranking government officials.
He told the residents of Phoqoane that the government’s negotiations with investors from Italy are at an advanced stage and that they have also incorporated into the deal a certain Mafeteng businessperson whose identity will soon be released.
“Since the clay soil in Phoqoane resembles the one in Italy, the investors will be dealing with materials that they fully appreciate,” he said, adding he learnt that the community wants the firm to build houses for them in exchange for utilising their land.
“We will definitely pay heed to your call,” Dr Molapo said, promising the residents that they will also reap benefits such as getting other essential services like water and electricity in the process.
He showed that by the end of this week, they would have informed the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) about their plan to get things rolling in Phoqoane.
For his part, Mr Qoo said his ministry is out to identify places where the country’s various treasures and minerals still remain untapped.
Basotho, he further noted have to ensure that their untapped resources are used productively to improve their lives and develop the economy of the country.
He told the residents that it is no longer necessary for them to cross the border to South Africa in order to go and work in that country’s numerous abandoned mines.
“We have also been informed by your area chief that most of his subjects have moved to towns for jobs,” the minister said.
But with the reopening of the tile factory, the trend of residents leaving their homes for employment elsewhere will be a thing of the past.
“On our way here, we stopped at the Kolo Diamond Mine to learn about its operation and its relationship with the community in that area, that is why we arrived here so late,” Mr Qoo also showed.