Cothing companies with factories in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho were on Friday warned by engineering experts they may soon face serious labour and water problems.

A report in Engineering News claimed the land-locked kingdom faces rising levels of labour militancy and union influence as well as severe water shortages which could hit production hard.

The magazine said there are nearly 40 textile and garment plants in Lesotho, the vast majority of which are owned by firms from Taiwan and Asia, and warned future foreign investors could be put off by the problems.

It quoted experts as saying the industry needed to focus more on the recycling of waste water and if it’s to thrive during the next decade.