| Africatime
Monday 24 April 2017
(Times of swaziland 05/13/13)
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town last week, His Majesty Mswati III highlighted that the challenges faced by the world post-2015, despite the completion of the Millennium Development Goals, will remain substantially similar; and that poverty alleviation and infrastructural development remain critical priorities. Most notably, His Majesty emphasised on the continuing decentralisa-tion of services, pointing out that the best way to prevent the social disruption of urban migration is to evenly distribute infrastru-cture and services throughout the country. It is hoped that this concept will be seized on by our aspiring parliamentarians. The rural areas are still behind urban areas in terms of providing jobs, education, electricity and clean water, some quite far behind. Transport is always...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
STEFANUTTI Stocks has been awarded a tender to construct factory shells as part of the E100 million allocation in the national budget. Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade Principal Secretary Jinnoh Nkambule said the factory shells would be built at the new industrial area in Matsapha. He said the construction of the factory shells in the country had been an ongoing project which was spearheaded by government through the ministry of commerce in collaboration with the Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA). Nkambule said by working closely with a consultant they had reached the final stage of the procurement process and awarded Stefanutti Stocks, a local company to construct the shells. He said the procurement process looked at the capacity of...
(Times of swaziland 05/13/13)
MBABANE – Teachers have expressed their worst fears that the current Cabinet could be playing a hide-and-seek game on the ongoing salary negotiations. Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President Sibongile Mazibuko said they were now suspicious that government was deliberately avoiding them. “We last met on April 24 this year. We were supposed to meet on Workers’ Day but could not because it was a holiday. We asked the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) for a meeting the day after May Day but they refused, saying they were engaged,” Mazibuko said. Subsequent to the meeting they were supposed to converge last week on Wednesday. “At the 11th hour, we were informed that the GNT is busy; hence salary talks could...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
SWAZILAND Tourism Authority Board Chairman Zacharia Dlamini has urged politicians within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to speed up the process of introducing a UNIVISA for tourists’ easy access to the region. Dlamini was speaking during an interview at the Tourism Indaba held in Durban, South Africa. He said the status quo was frustrating and resulted in potential tourists not visiting some countries in the region. He said as players in the hospitality industry they felt the effects of the visa problem. “One can just appeal to the region’s governments to give the issue the attention it deserves because our efforts to promote our countries at such forums are dealt a huge blow by this problem,” he said. Dlamini...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Times of swaziland 05/10/13)
CATE TOWN, SA – His Majesty King Mswati III has said poverty alleviation and infrastructure development should remain top priority issues beyond 2015. The King told participants at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town yesterday that the architecture of the post 2015 on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) should continue to focus on employment creation and decent work. “Investment, trade and aid should also be given priority while ensuring there is skills and technology transfer to empower our citizens. “Education, skills development and science and technology should continue to feature prominently in the agenda in order to close the digital divide between developing and developed countries,” he said. His Majesty noted that the global financial crisis proved to...
(Times of swaziland 05/10/13)
Members of Parliament have been reportedly assured of their 10 per cent salary cuts back pay if they pass all the Elections Bills as they are. This is reportedly a carrot that is being dangled in front of the legislators should they pass the Bills without any amendments before their term of office expires. Parliament can be dissolved anytime now that the election process has started with the announcement of the commencement of the registration process yesterday. This was alleged by Motshane MP Robert Magongo during a Portfolio Committee meeting on Wednesday. Magongo said the talks circulating around the issue were in bad taste and were trying to deter them from doing their jobs. He said he wanted the ministry...
(Swazi Observer 05/10/13)
THE long road to parliament, for some, begins next week. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) delivered the news many aspirant members of parliament have been waiting for when he announced that registration for the 2013 national elections will commence on Monday. The registration exercise will run until June 23. EBC Chairman Chief Gija Dlamini made the announcement yesterday morning at their offices based in Nkhanini. The announcement does not mean people aspiring to win seats in parliament can start campaigning, no. For now, the chief urged all eligible Swazis, mainly those who are 18 years and above to register for the elections as doing so would give them the opportunity to be elected or to elect a person of...
(Swazi Observer 05/10/13)
THE National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBoard) has a potential of generating at least E42 million annually in the vegetable oil sub-sector. The Swaziland Review 2013 says the year under review saw the parastatal take bold steps to steer the vegetable oil sub-sector out of the doldrums and realise its potential of generating E42 million annually. A study done by the ministry of agriculture found that this was the average amount spent per year on importing edible oils and related products, predominantly from South Africa. The review said the study noted that Swaziland’s annual consumption of cooking oil was approximately 34 million litres and the country had been importing from South Africa for many decades. It states that losses in terms...
(Times of swaziland 05/08/13)
Almost five years after the last elections, Parliament has been ambushed with a raft of election laws on the eve of the elections slated for August, this year. The question, as I see it, is whether this is by coincidence or design. Here, I am reminded of the immortal words of the late statesman Mabalizandla Nhlabatsi during the halcyon days of the Liqoqo hegemony in the mid-1980s, when he cautioned fellow legislators about the pitfalls of blindly enacting laws that might one day haunt them. The turn-about came when the very same laws the late Nhlabatsi had warned about that had been used to incarcerate and silence opponents of the Liqoqo regime were invoked to send to prison some of...
(Swazi Observer 05/08/13)
IMPLEMENTATION of the Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) in Swaziland will result in a financial injection of almost E30 billion from the private sector. Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulile Mashwama said the ERS task team tabled its first progress report in Senate which acknowledged that the implementation of the ERS would bring a financial injection of almost E30 billion from the private sector in the next three to five years. She said it spoke of having identified 12 projects which if successfully implemented would result in the projected financial boost. Mashwama said it would create 40 500 new employment opportunities in the process. report “The report was at pains to point out that these projects in the mining, energy,...
(Swazi Observer 05/08/13)
Two months after the formal opening of SAfAIDS’ Swaziland office at the Manzini AIDS Centre, activity is intense as the business of dissemination is carried out. As Mphumelelo Nhleko, the Communications Director, told AIDS LIFELINE this week, there is a difference between distributing information and “disseminating it.” In fact, SAfAIDS stands for the Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service. Distributing information can simply be handing out documents, videos or other communication products to potential users. If the recipients are properly motivated and interested, they will look at the document. It is up to the document to do the work of being clear. The document has to explain itself. No one will be standing beside the reader explaining the documents contents...
(Swazi Observer 05/07/13)
THE Komati Downstream Development Project (KDDP) generates revenue of over E200 million per annum. Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said the KDDP was a poverty reduction strategy which uses water as the engine for development in the rural areas of the country under the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE). He said under the KDDP, 5 207 hectares (ha) have been developed out of the target of 6 000 ha, adding that the revenue was mainly from sugar cane. Dlamini said the E200 million yearly income would increase as there was an additional area for cultivation in Madlangempisi. “Employment figures for the project area have increased to over 1 189 people in 2012 and they will rise in 2013...
(Swazi Observer 05/07/13)
They owe the taxpayer money that runs into thousands of Emalangeni. In a bid to correct this anomaly, the force’s authorities have summoned some of the ‘highly’ paid officers to alert them on the anomaly and further instructed them to refund government all the illegal monies accrued. Commissioner of Police Isaac Magagula’s headaches seem far from over as some of the police officers have run to lawyers while others are said to be contemplating reviving the defunct police union. The general feeling among the officers is that their authorities should resolve this matter in the best way possible excluding deducting anything from their salaries because it was entirely not their (officers) fault. A section of them though is said to...
(Times of swaziland 05/06/13)
MBABANE – While premier Sibusiso Dlamini feels he is ready for yet another term at 71, some unionists believe he should take retirement because it is unhealthy for him to work full-time at his age. In an interview with our sister publication, the Times SUNDAY, the premier said he was ready for another term if appointed.a However, unionists said Dlamini should rather be used as a reference because of his wealth of experience in politics and give others a chance to lead the country. Others said the premier’s comeback could mean another five years of what they termed oppression because of Dlamini’s alleged iron handed manners. Old Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) Secretary General Nkosinathi Kunene said: “Retirement was purposely...
(Swazi Observer 05/06/13)
SWAZIBANK has invested close to E492 million in the local economy in just a year. This is part of the bank’s promise of injecting E500 million into the Swazi economy as announced by the late Managing Director Stanley Matsebula last year. SwaziBank Public Relations Officer Phesheya Vilakati said the money was injected into the economy as at April 1, 2012 to March 2013. He said it was invested in different portfolios namely housing; car; agri-business; personal; small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) finance; and corporate loans. Vilakati said SMMEs have so far received E22.8 million, adding that the bank would continue to finance this sector because it was the engine of economic growth in Swaziland. “Close to E37 million was...
(Swazi Observer 05/06/13)
FLABBERGASTED Members of Parliament have unleashed an accusing finger to government for clandestinely working towards toppling the current Tinkhundla system of governance and replace it with a multi-party system. The legislators took turns tearing into the now controversial elections Bills that were tabled by Justice Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze in parliament a week ago. The MPs were locked in a two-day workshop at Esibayeni Lodge where they informally discussed the Bills. They were led by Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Deputy Chairman Mzwandile Fakudze who is a lawyer by profession. He once served as deputy attorney general in the country. MPs itchiness revolved around the Elections Expenses and the Parliament Petitions Bills. They are of the view that certain clauses in...
(Swazi Observer 05/03/13)
TODAY the world comes together to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, bring together a cocktail of sad tales about the assassination of a free press the world over. In Swaziland, journalists and other stakeholders hope to attract public sympathy by, among other things, taking a walk from the city park in Mbabane to the government offices, where some atrocities on a free media are cooked. Journalists in Swaziland have nothing to celebrate. Apart from the JMC media awards their work has not enjoyed any recognition but instead has been watered down by a host of hostile legislation and institutional persecution through the assistance of the courts as evidenced by the number and outcome of cases against journalists or publications. These...
(Huffingtonpost 04/30/13)
Students in the UK have been urged to campaign to pressure Swaziland to free an NUS president and human rights campaigner who has been arrested and reportedly tortured. Maxwell Dlamini has been charged with sedition against the Swaziland government after taking part in a Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) rally earlier this month, it was was revealed over the weekend. On Tuesday, the National Union of Students (NUS) told The Huffington Post UK Dlamini had been tortured since his arrest last week but could not disclose its sources. The union has now written to Mark Simmonds MP calling on him to urge the UK to pressure Swaziland to free Dlamini. The NUS is also asking UK students to get involved, by...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...

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