Thursday 20 July 2017
(Times of swaziland 06/04/13)
The SMART Partnership International Dialogue takes place at the end of the month in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where world leaders join civil society, politicians, academics and the general populace in engaging in dialogue on matters affecting the world and coming up with workable solutions, the SMART way. This year’s theme is ‘Leveraging Technology for Africa’s Socio-Economic Transformation’. In preparation towards the event, a think-tank was convened by the SMART Partnership Secretariat where key sub-topics were deliberated upon and recommendations made. 1. Anchoring Technology in National Visions for Transformation: Swaziland is informed by Vision 2022, which is the country’s National Development Strategy (NDS). Within NDS, government had appreciated and recognised the role that technology could play in national transformations. Sections...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/03/13)
Swaziland is eager to expand its ties with Iran, the Iranian news agency FNA reported this week.What it did not report was that Iran is about to have an election. This is what Human Rights Watch says about the Iranian election.'Serious electoral flaws and human rights abuses by the Iranian government undermine any meaningful prospect of free and fair elections on June 14, 2013. Dozens of political activists and journalists detained during the violent government crackdown that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election remain in prison, two former presidential candidates are under house arrest, and authorities are already clamping down on access to the internet, having arbitrarily disqualified most registered presidential and local election candidates.' Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/03/13)
The national elections have started in Swaziland amid chaos. As it sets out to register voters, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is unsure how many people are eligible to vote in the kingdom and has almost certainly under estimated the number substantially. The month of May has been dominated by the election as people trying to register have been turned away: the EBC blamed malfunctioning computers. The campaign to boycott the election because political parties are banned and the parliament that is selected is a stooge for King Mswati III is gaining momentum. Sitting ministers have been found out bribing would-be voters with food and other goods. So many Swazi people are so poor they are unable to eat...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/03/13)
"Pressure" and "solidarity" causes Swazi police to apologize for march ban. "The Royal Swaziland Police have written a statement of apology to the Swaziland Rural Women's Assembly," the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ) said in a statement, writes Kenworthy News Media. According to FSEJ this apology has not "come natural" and the excuse given, that "permission had been granted but there was a communications breakdown," was not likely to be true. Instead, FSEJ said that the resolve of the Swaziland Rural Women's Assembly (SRWA) and "pressure exerted by international pressure groups" had been the true reason for the apology. "To us this is an example of the practical power of solidarity, not only to this matter but for the broader...
(Times of swaziland 06/03/13)
MBABANE – The deregis-tered TUCOSWA believes it is being victimised by government for openly declaring that it was against the 2013 National General Elections.This is what Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) Secretary General Vincent Ncongwane told Iran Television network, Press TV, in an interview broadcast last week Tuesday. Also featuring in the programme was UK-based Zimbabwean national Fungayi Vincent Mabhunu who is Coordinator for the Swazi Vigil and Mark Beacon who is a UK national and Campaigns Manager for the Action for Southern Africa. Ncongwane was interviewed telephonically from Swaziland while Fungayi and Beacon were at the station’s studios. He was asked to explain how TUCOSWA was able to function in a country where political parties were banned and...
(Times of swaziland 06/03/13)
It seems as if there is not enough money to increase salaries for civil servants, but then why is there money to do the following; buying expensive cars and BMWs, holding elections, and footing controversial finance circulars giving outgoing legislators E1.3 million each as exit packages? Is this fair? The formation of an association called the Swaziland unemployed People’s movement, or SUPMO, was an important milestone in exposing our weakness or reluctance to tackle head-on the serious issue of unemployment in the country and the older generation’s confused priorities; e.g. are Swazis going to eat these expensive cars and BMWs? Can a human being eat metal? Maybe we can eat cow dung but this can only happen in Swaziland because...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Swazi Observer 06/03/13)
GOVERNMENT will also source cars from dealerships like Kia Motors in the E400 million tender for the purchase of its vehicles. Minister of Public Works and Transport Ntuthuko Dlamini said it would be unfair to consider vehicle dealerships like Toyota and Isuzu only for buying the 953 cars to be used by government as the other dealers were also operating in the Swazi economy. He said the fact that other dealers besides GM Motors (Isuzu) and Leites had business operations in the country meant that they were supporting Swaziland and this must be reciprocal on the part of government. Dlamini said the other dealers had employed locals and were paying taxes hence they contributed significantly to the economy and the...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Swazi Observer 05/31/13)
MEMBERS of parliament have a full right to utilise the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Service (SIBS) by placing announcements and discuss pertinent issues with their constituencies. But like any other citizens, they should go pay the E10 fee payable at the station so that their issues could be aired as announcements, as broadcasting guidelines do not allow them to ‘grab the microphone’ from reporters at the station and make the announcement themselves. This was said by Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini when answering questions from editors about the ban on MPs from making announcements on the radio. He observed that every media, even worldwide, had its own guidelines regulating how it should operate, and those guidelines should be followed by all...
(Swazi Observer 05/31/13)
THIS election we do not expect people of extreme religious convictions to be persecuted for their beliefs by not voting. Similarly, we do not expect the groupings to influence the individual who has decided to exercise their right to vote. We do not expect the state, though, to use force to suppress the decisions of the groupings on individuals because rights are now enshrined in the constitution. A number of sects under Christianity have created myriads of barriers with the help of certain biblical verses just to avoid joining the rest of us in getting things organised here on earth by engaging in such noble activities as fair national election just before the final bubble burst, Armageddon. I am not...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Times of swaziland 05/30/13)
MBABANE –The Swaziland division of Illovo Sugar Limited has contributed about E1 billion towards the E11.13 billion revenue recorded by the Group. This has made Swaziland the fourth largest contributor towards the group, out of the six countries where it has a footprint. According to information sourced from preliminary reports for the financial year ended in March 2013, Swaziland contributed a profit after tax of E155.8 million compared to E78.4 million recorded the previous year. Taking the lead in terms of highest contribution of profits towards the group is Malawi with E899.3 million followed by Zambia with E478.8 million. Taking third position is South Africa with E164.3 million, Swaziland with E155.8 million, Mozambique with E109.1 million and the last being...
(Times of swaziland 05/30/13)
MBABANE – Individuals wishing to join the army will try their luck this year as the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF) is set to conduct a recruitment exercise. For the past two years, the army has not recruited. During recruitment by the kingdom’s three security forces, thousands of employed and unemployed Swazis scramble for the vacancies. The Royal Swaziland Police recently sought to recruit 400 people but around 10 000 individuals applied. Swaziland has about 3 000 soldiers. Although it is not yet known when the army will conduct the recruitment exercise, USDF Public Relations Officer Major Khanya Dlamini said it was definitely on the cards. “We will be recruiting but no date has been set. It will possibly be...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Swazi Media Commentary 05/29/13)
Police refused to allow women in Swaziland to march in protest against gender-based violence. They told the women they could not march because police and the local chief did not want any noise ahead of the election soon to be held in the kingdom. The march at Siphofaneni was to protest at an incident in the area when a wife was paraded naked for three kilometres by her boyfriend after he accused her of being ‘promiscuous’. The Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly responded by organizing a march in solidarity with the woman. They wanted to march for three kilometres in the area then go to a church and hold a prayer against gender based violence. Reports from the scene today (29...
(Times of swaziland 05/29/13)
MBABANE – Irritated by the continued arrests of dagga suspects, Magistrate Siphosini Dlamini has given a lecture on the effects of dagga on Swaziland. This was at the Mbabane Magistrates Court on Friday when Dlamini heard the case of Musa Hlophe, who was charged with assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm and for being found with 6.2kg of dagga. Hlophe is said to have stabbed Sifiso Dlamini of Nkhaba in the head and later pleaded not guilty to the offence, which was the second count. The magistrate established evidence from four witnesses and then told Hlophe that he was confused because the statements were inconsistent. Magistrate Dlamini was just about to sentence Hlophe for his crime when he...
(News Day 05/29/13)
MBABANE — It was an ambitious plan to circumcise the majority of men in Swaziland, an effort to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in a country with the world’s highest HIV prevalence. How could it have gone wrong? “First they told me that circumcision will not really protect me against HIV. Then they tell me that I cannot have sex for some weeks or months after circumcision. I told them ‘fusaki’ (get out)!” Eric Dlamini, a 22-year-old law student, told IRIN. These views are at the heart of the failure of the Accelerated Saturation Initiative (ASI) to achieve more than a fraction of its targeted goal, the circumcision of 80% of Swazi males between ages 15 and 49 within...

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