Friday 15 December 2017
(Times of swaziland 06/20/13)
MBABANE - Political activist Thandaza Silolo has been slapped with two life sentences and 15 years for the spate of bombings he committed in different parts of the country. High Court Judge Nkululeko Hlophe sentenced him to 65 years imprisonment for nine counts of terrorism and two counts of disturbing public order. This is a collective sentence for the 11 counts he was facing, but he will effectively serve 20 years in jail as some of the sentences were ordered to run concurrently. When the judgment was delivered yesterday Silolo stood with his hand on his cheek in apparent disbelief. Silolo (28) who is a member of the proscribed Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) was facing 11 counts of contravening the...
(Times of swaziland 06/20/13)
MBABANE – All is set for the 2013 Olympic Day run to be held at the Prince of Wales sports ground on Saturday and Sunday. The event will include six communities, namely Malkerns, Siphofaneni, Mbabane, Ngwazini, Nginamadvolo and Lobamba. The event is hosted by the Swaziland Olympic and Commonwealth Games (SOCGA). Over 3 000 participants are expected to grace the annual event. SOCGA has collaborated with the Swaziland National Sports Council (SNSC) in this endeavour. SOCGA Chief Executive Officer Muriel Hofer said this will go a long way in ensuring that both organisations accomplish their Sport for All initiatives, which is to guarantee that all individuals from the ages 0 – 70 years have access to some form of physical...
(Swazi Observer 06/20/13)
POLITICAL activist Thandaza Nkosikayibekwa Silolo (28), who was facing a series of terrorism charges, yesterday remained calm after High Court Judge Nkululeko Hlophe pronounced a 65-year sentence imprisonment. Effectively, he will spend 20 years in jail as some of the counts were made to run concurrently. Silolo was convicted after pleading guilty to all 11 counts of Contravening Section 5 (1) of The Suppression of Terrorism Act No. 3 of 2008 and Contravening Section 11 (1) (a) of the Public Order Act of 1963. He is a member of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), a proscribed entity. Silolo was arrested in connection with a spate of bombings of government structures and houses owned by prominent figures in the country...
(Swazi Observer 06/19/13)
FIRST National Bank (FNB) Swaziland CEO Steven Bogatsu says the opening of a new branch is a demonstration of the institution’s confidence in the country’s economy. He said like Finance Minister Majozi Sithole alluded to in his 2014 Budget speech, the country was not out of the woods yet, “and we know that you have tough decisions to make but we remain confident that you will navigate us through the tough terrain”. He said in line with the budget theme - ‘jump-starting economic growth: bringing prosperity to the people’ - “this event is a demonstration of our confidence in the economy and you can count on our continued support”. This was during the launch of the bank’s newest branch on...
(Swazi Observer 06/19/13)
It looks as if SwaziBank has won the battle for the National Arts and Culture Choral group of the year and it will now be called the SwaziBank Choral group of the year. The bank had bought the category on Friday and it later transpired that Premier Swazi Bakeries also wanted the same category. However, Premier Swazi Bakeries has now shifted focus to another category. The Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture CEO Stanley Dlamini said they were still engaging the company and if they showed interest in the category they would have to do a sealed bid. Dlamini said for now the category remained a property of Swazi Bank until they announced any changes. He said as a...
(Swazi Observer 06/19/13)
THERE is infighting among the commissioners of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) which has the potential to compromise the elections process, Senator Bhutana Dlamini said yesterday. He asked the Minister of Justice Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze to investigate what was actually dividing the EBC and further give them assurance that the elections would not be disrupted in anyway. Senator Dlamini said this when senators deliberated on the Voter Registration Bill yesterday. The senator said he had observed that there are differences among the commissioners but did not elaborate on what was actually going on. “It appears there is infighting among the EBC commissioners. Can the minister assure us that the elections will not be compromised by this,” Senator Dlamini said...
(Times of swaziland 06/19/13)
SITEKI – While government and civil servants are still engaged in negotiations over salary increments, USA Distillers has agreed to give its employees a 10.2 per cent raise. The employees had been engaged in a two-day strike action demanding salary increments from USA Distillers which was finally agreed upon. Workers at the company embarked on a strike action last Friday, demanding a cost of living adjustment and other demands which included housing and transport allowances. Secretary of the Swaziland Processing Refining and Allied Workers Union (SPRAWU) Wonder Mkhonta disclosed that the company has agreed to adjust the cost of living by 10.2 per cent. Mkhonta said the increment was communicated to the union during a meeting with management, on Saturday...
(Times of swaziland 06/19/13)
MBABANE – The battle of control over the capital city’s bus rank has turned ugly as threats circulated that one association has hired South African hit men. The Swaziland Local Kombi Association and the Mbabane Local Kombi Association are embroiled in a fierce battle as each want to collect the ranking fees, E10 per kombi in a day. Police were littered all over the city centre over the weekend to monitor the volatile situation as threats circulated that one of the associations had teamed up with South African gangs to deal with the other. According to sources, the Mbabane Local Kombi Association had an agreement with the Mbabane Municipal Council that they would control the bus rank, but the contract...
(Swazi Observer 06/19/13)
MTN Swaziland has once again threatened the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) with a court action. It is safe to say seyisukile, again. The court action threat comes hardly a week after SPTC launched an array of wireless local loop products (WLLP), where the corporation emphasised and was adamant that it would deal only with fixed products going forward. SPTC also announced that it would follow the laws and regulations of the country and would work hand-in-hand with stakeholders. They explained that these products would be used in homes, schools, offices and were fixed. The newly unveiled products by SPTC consist of fixed phones, Mi-fi, Wimax and fixed terminal. However, MTN which won a legal battle filed with the...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Swazi Observer 06/18/13)
CORRUPTION and theft is prevalent in business leaders, it has been observed. Lesotho Minister of Home Affairs Juang Molapong said such practices were a result of pursuing money in a business instead of working hard to get it, adding that such was dangerous. He said business leaders must be committed to good practices, ethics and the operations of an enterprise would flow through without much problems. He said it was profound that a business leader has a moral compass to avoid greediness which results in theft and corruption. Molapong was speaking during the 2nd Future Leaders Summit held at Maseru Sun in Lesotho over the weekend. The minister advised attendants of the event to desist from going into business with...
(Swazi Observer 06/18/13)
HIS Majesty King Mswati III called for a quick selection and appointment of chiefs by the various chiefdoms, saying such could eliminate the tendency of acting chiefs taking a long time in their acting capacities. He noted that there were inherent dangers in the trend of perennial acting chiefs, noting that at times, it may result in the loss of important people in the selection process, something which could complicate the eventual appointment of the right people for such positions. Speaking during a ceremony where he blessed 10 chiefs from all four regions of the country and one from Enukakuyengwa in the Mpumalanga Province, the King expressed gratitude that the chief-elects would soon take their rightful places as leaders of...
(Swazi Observer 06/17/13)
FORMER Mbabane Ward 11 Councilor Jabulani Nxumalo has expressed his intentions of taking part in the race to parliament with the many aspirant politicians in the upcoming national elections. Nxumalo shared his desired political intentions with this publication and why he would be joining the race to occupy a seat in parliament. Nxumalo, who is not new in the political arena, boasts 13 years experience as a councillor and he also participated in the 2008 national elections where he lost to current Mbabane East MP Esther Dlamini. MP Dlamini is also the deputy speaker in the House of Assembly. He explained that he spent his entire adulthood serving the nation, adding that that he was ready to continue to be...
(Swazi Observer 06/17/13)
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s brace ourselves once more—the storm is coming. It is not over yet, between the two telecommunications giants, SPTC and Swazi MTN who promised us last year that they had kissed and made up. Not only that, we were told that they were now living happily ever after, and that SPTC had agreed to behave like an obedient child the ‘parent’ wanted. But, it seems that, after almost a year after kissing and making up, these two are going to be locking up once more. This is the ugly boardroom political war that is going to rear its ugly head once more, thanks to the launch of SPTC’s new products, which are the wireless local loop products...
(Swazi Observer 06/17/13)
THE Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme (SADP) through its Marketing Investment Fund (MIF) has disbursed the first grants of over E1.8 million to farmers. Ministry of Agriculture Principal Secretary Robert Thwala said five farmers would benefit in the first tier of the funding after screening from 11 applications received. He said the Fund was provided finance by the European Union (EU) under the SADP programme which was implemented together with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). Thwala said the main purpose of the over E10 million grant funding was to assist smallholder farmers and agro-processors to access funds. The PS said this would enable them to establish viable and sustainable value-adding activities that would improve their...
(Swazi Observer 06/17/13)
A major reshuffle of top management support staff has taken place at the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC). The shocked staffers sourced from various government ministries were informed of their removal from EBC on Friday. They were informed by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Thembinkosi Mamba about the latest events and advised to drop everything as regards EBC. The reshuffle affected eight senior employees of the secretariat, including a driver. Mamba confirmed the ‘pending’ removal of the eight civil servants from EBC. The ministry of justice is the parent ministry of EBC as regards administrative matters. Mamba said the possibilities were that some would go back to their respective ministries or be redeployed elsewhere within the government functions...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/17/13)
Only 822 passengers per day on average are expected to use the new Sikhuphe Airport when it eventually opens, official figures reveal. That is about the equivalent of two Jumbo Jets landing at the airport every 24 hours. The airport, dubbed King Mswati III’s ‘vanity project’ by critics, is at least three years behind schedule. It was originally intended to open in time for the FIFA World Cup held in 2010 in neighbouring South Africa. Despite endless problems, including a claim last week that the structure of the airport was defected and large jet airlines would not be able to land, King Mswati’s supporters continue to talk up the prospects of the airport. So far, no airline has signed up...
(Times of swaziland 06/17/13)
MBABANE – Part of the E10 million Marketing Investment Fund under the Ministry of Agriculture has been granted to five agro-processors. This was announced by the Principal Secretary in the ministry Dr Robert Thwala during a press conference last Friday.The five companies, which the PS did not wish to name at this stage as they still have to engage them on further deliberations, will share a total of E1.84 million. This means each agro-processor will receive about E380 000. Agro processors are companies that work closely with farmers in terms of providing a market for them, among other benefits. The E10 million fund was provided for by the European Union under the Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme (SADP) which the ministry...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...

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