Sunday 22 October 2017
(Times of swaziland 06/14/13)
MBABANE – Government has dropped a bombshell on public sector unions by threatening to give the salary increment offer to non-union civil servants only, come month end. Most non-union members are civil servants working in the three main security forces; Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) and His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) and top government officials. However, there are also other civil servants like teachers, nurses and accountants who do not affiliate to the four main public sector unions; the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU), Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) and the Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP).According to highly placed sources, government made the threat...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/14/13)
People are registering more than once ahead of the Swaziland national election due in September. The revelation puts the integrity of the election in the kingdom ruled by the autocratic monarch King Mswati III in doubt. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said some people were offered bribes of E100 (US$10) or E200 to register twice. EBC Chair Chief Gija Dlamini told local media, ‘There are people who have promised the voters that, if they vote for them twice, they will give them E100 or E200 and they get tempted.’ He said voters caught registering more than once would be arrested. Despite double-registering, the total number of registrations for the election has fallen far short of the 600,000 people who...
(Swazi Observer 06/14/13)
Soldiers are ordered by their commander to contribute from their salaries towards financing the army soccer team so that it will take part in charity work, failing which they must face the court martial. This, by extension, is forcing the soldiers to contribute towards charity or, if needs be, face the firing squad for refusing to carryout orders of the commander. The benefitting charity organisations and individuals seem content with the arrangement because for several years this has been going on, their silence has been very loud. On many occasions soldiers have had it tough explaining to their spouses the circumstances leading to salary deductions all in the name of football when in the kitchen bay fires are not burning...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/13)
Kissing in one town in the kingdom of Swaziland could now land you in a bit of trouble. Love birds locked in spasms of romance in the town of Siteki have been forewarned: their amorous embrace may cost them a $12 fine. "Public kissing that is to the extreme and causes other people to be uneasy will be covered by our by-laws. It will be regarded to be public indecency," town clerk Mzwandile Ndzinisa told AFP. A peck on a baby's cheek doesn't fall in the punitive category, he added. Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy, already has tough public order laws. Cities forbid indecencies like urinating in public, street vending and littering. But Siteki goes a step further. "What...
(Times of swaziland 06/13/13)
MBABANE – Five companies have shown interest in operating the new Sugar Mill at Nsoko. Even though the names of the companies will not be divulged at this stage as interviews and presentations are ongoing, it was gathered that two of these are from Mauritius, one from the United States of America (USA), another from neighbouring South Africa. A Swazi company also forms part of the list of those which showed interest as well. The sugar mill was officially launched by the Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini last year. Initial costs place the project at an investment of E2.8 billion while future costs estimate it to be E3.6 billion, making it one of the largest investments to be undertaken locally. According...
(Times of swaziland 06/13/13)
NHLANGANO – This town is about to embark on a E1.6 million upgrade, in a project that will see a market rehabi-litated and major roads tarred. Mayor Mashumi Shongwe has indicated that construction work would commence next month.The upgrade will cover rehabilitation of two streets abutting two major retail outlets, Nhlangano Spar on one end and Shoprite on the other. The scope of works, which starts early in July, entails tarring of Sililo Street, which runs above Nhlangano Spar, together with side-walks. Also, the road surface of Builders and Standard Bank Avenue is to be rehabi-litated in the same manner. A traffic management plan has been put in place which will include contro-lling of flow in the affected sections of...
(Times of swaziland 06/13/13)
LOBAMBA— Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday tossed out the proposed Elections Expenses Bill of 2013. The Bill in essence states that candidates who want to stand for elections should declare monies which they will use for their campaign within three days of winning the primary elections for reasons of accountability. The Bill had further proposed that the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs stipulate the amount of money to be used during campaigning, a clause which the MPs felt that the minister had no business in telling potential candidates how much money they would use especially since there was no money from government. “This Bill is meant for countries which have multiparty democracy because they have to account for the...
(Swazi Observer 06/13/13)
HER Majesty the Indlovukazi yesterday blessed the appointment of 11 newly appointed chiefs for various chiefdoms with the exception of two in Mbabane Highlanders star player Xolani ‘Chocco’ Sibandze from Mahlalini and Sifiso Maziya from KaLanga. Initially, 13 chief-elects had been brought for the royal blessing, whose final leg was to have been conducted by His Majesty the King at Engabezweni, but that part of the process was later postponed to Monday after it was felt that it was already too late as it was past 9pm. According to Ludzidzini Royal Residence Acting Governor TV Mthethwa it would not have been proper for the King to bless the chiefs in darkness, ‘where he could not even see them properly.’ Maziya...
(Swazi Observer 06/13/13)
IN what would come as a kick in the teeth for most law breakers, the Swazi National Courts will be upping some of their fines by over 1 000% for people who will be found to have committed offences, in contravention of the Swazi Courts (Amendment) Bill of 2013. For example, without any particular order, according to Section 26 of the proposed legislation, “a person who commits an offence will on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding E5 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both”. This is where the jump among others is witnessed as currently, pending the approval of the fresh amendments, a person under this section was made to pay as...
(Swazi Observer 06/13/13)
MTN Swaziland yesterday launched a mobile consumer application for smartphone users. The product, which has been specifically designed for Swazi MTN and aptly called Mobile Self Care, is a customer self-service application available for Android, BlackBerry and Apple iOS, with a web version for users who are on data cards and dongles. “We have seen that many people are now using mobile online applications since we launched the 3G network,” said CEO Ambrose Dlamini during the product launch at a breakfast meeting at Gigi’s Restaurant in Ezulwini. “A lot of Swazis are using the internet on their mobile gadgets so it is important that they are able to access it easily. It is a great pleasure to pioneer a new...
(Times of swaziland 06/13/13)
HLATIKHULU – An overloaded Inawe Bus Service yesterday overturned at Mehlwabovu Mountain injuring 40 pupils and three teachers from KalaMdladla High School. The bus was carrying 82 passengers which included 75 pupils and seven teachers. The pupils were returning home from attending schools ball games at Hlatikhulu sports ground. The brakes of the bus malfunctioned as the vehicle descended the Mehlwabovu Mountain. The bus was headed for KaPhunga. It is said the driver lost control of the bus after its braking system failed and it overturned with the passengers on-board. One of the accident survivors, Thembumenzi Makhanya, said she first heard a banging sound and thereafter the bus quickly gained momentum. She said it made zig-zag movements hitting rocks and...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
MBABANE — Cabinet has not implemented any motions moved by senators because they were illegally in office. These were the sentiments of Senator Robert Zwane in response to statements made by Prime Minister (PM) Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini in the House of Assembly on Monday. The PM said the 10 senators elected by Members of Parliament (MPs) were illegally in office because there was no law which provided for their engagement. This was during the debate of the Senate Elections Bill of 2013 which was approved by the House with amendments. Zwane during an interview yesterday said the PM had belatedly finally shed some light on why they were not taken seriously. “Ever since we got into that office illegally I...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
MBABANE – Government says the Joint Negotiations Forum is still waiting for an official position of unions at a meeting slated for today. This was disclosed by Government Spokesperson Percy Simelane yesterday when reacting to recent reports on the salary negotiations. In a press statement Simelane stated that government deemed it fit to set aside a budget of E260 million which translates to a five per cent increment across the board for civil servants notwithstanding the fact that it was not yet out of the fiscal challenges. “After a series of deliberations with the public sector staff associations the offer of five per cent was not accepted. In order to supplement its offer of five per cent government further made...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
MBABANE – Sigodvweni Station Commander Howard Hlophe was reportedly kidnapped by a kombi driver he was trying to arrest. Hlophe was driven against his will for about 10 kilometres from Mhlaleni to Mfabantfu where the kombi driver dumped him together with bemused passengers who were aboard the kombi.The drama unfolded on Saturday when the Commander was trying to enforce the law but ended up being a victim. According to trusted sources, Hlophe was in the company of Sigodvweni Station Officer when the incident occured. Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Superintendent Wendy Hleta confirmed the incident and condemned such behaviour. The source said: “The Station Commander was from the accident of the car that burnt, culminating in the death of five...
(Swazi Observer 06/12/13)
Probably the most exciting new medical breakthrough for people living with HIV in Swaziland is a new anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in which only a single tablet is consumed per day. At present in Swaziland, most ART relies on a “cocktail” of drugs composed of three separate tablets — nevirapine, lamuvidine, and zidovudine. The three tablets were all to be taken at the same time in the morning and evening. Twice a day consumption and six pills altogether. No person on ART dare miss drug taking time, nor forget to take a pill. Failure to do so brings or the danger arises that the entire treatment is jeopardised. This caused a lot of stress amongst patients, who had to worry about...
(Swazi Observer 06/12/13)
THE Swaziland National Provident Fund (SNPF) is looking for a partner for its multimillion emalangeni lifestyle centre to be constructed opposite Dlanubeka Building. SNPF General Manager Business Development and Finance Langalakhe Dlamini said they were looking for a partner not because they did not have finance for the project but it was a risk management requirement. He said through the partnership, they would be spreading their risk more than anything. “Yes we are looking for a partner for the lifestyle centre to be constructed opposite Dlanubeka Building which also occupies the premises at the National Court and the veterinary offices; this is a risk management requirement and nothing more. The centre will occupy land measuring 1.9 hectares,” he said. Dlamini...
(Swazi Observer 06/12/13)
THE Mbabane City Council has filed an urgent application at the High Court for an order to demolish alleged illegal structures belonging to its Councillor Nganono Manyatsi at Mahwalala Zone 6 in Mbabane. The structures in question include a car wash business, shebeen, tuck shop, salon and firewood selling business on Plot 2620. The Municipality’s Engineer, Muzikayise Masina, in his affidavit, says in November, 2012 the council formally notified Manyatsi that he was contravention of the Building Act, its regulations as well as the Town Planning Act. He says Manyatsi was given a formal notice advising him that he had contravened Section 5 (1) of the Building Act Regulations as well as Section 25 (1) of the same regulations. Masina...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
A fortnight ago, Swazi Telecom, government and football in the likes of the FA, PLS and elite teams and their officials painted Luve blue for the official launch of the community projects to be covered this year. World Vision was in charge at Luve where the projects were launched. This weekend, on Saturday to be precise, marks the first community visits by four teams for various projects at Mankayane, Sithobela, Maphalaleni and Northern Hhohho. The community visits follow the first roadshow this year which was successfully held at Nhlangano and this means some serious physical hands-on involvement by the players, supporters, teams’ officials, SPTC staff, PLS, FA and residents of the target areas as well as the Non-governmental organisations’ staff...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
MBABANE – A reserve price of E25 million has been put forward for the purchase of the Nhlangano Casino Royale Hotel. This was confirmed by the Auction Manager Greg Hanna in an interview yesterday. He said a lot of interest has been shown for the purchase of the hotel that will be auctioned in June 19, 2013 in South Africa. Among those who have shown interest include a hotel and casino operator from China and another hotelier from South Africa. Hanna explained that many other business people had registered as per the requirements of taking part in the auction. “We are looking at getting E25 million, which is the reserve price but it might go higher than that, especially with...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
LOBAMBA – His Majesty King Mswati III has once again lamented the continued poor results by the national team, Sihlangu Semnikati. During Sihlangu’s visit yesterday morning to the Ludzidzini Royal Residence led by FA President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa, acting Ludzidzini Governor Timothy Velabo Mtetwa grilled the FA for the national team’s poor performance on behalf of the king. While this was a closed session as journalists were not allowed inside the meeting, it was gathered through sources that Mtetwa expressed the King’s dissatisfaction with the way things were going in the team. “The main concern that worries the king more is that we’re losing to even teams like Thanda Royal Zulu and the fact that the team can now sneak...

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