Sunday 19 November 2017
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
MBABANE – A government bus crashed into a vehicle at Mvutjini yesterday injuring 11 people. The road users were treated and discharged at the Mbabane Government Hospital. The bus was headed for Nkoyoyo Royal Residence. When the accident happened, the driver had just dropped off security personnel at various royal residences. The pile-up, involved a Butterfield truck, government staff bus and tipper truck happened at 8.30am. All three vehicles were extensively damaged. According to eyewitnesses, the accident was allegedly caused by a bottle green bakkie that was parked along the road. It was alleged that the bakkie took off immediately after the accident. The driver of the bus, Meshack Shabangu, said they were lucky because eight people who were being...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
MBABANE – Public sector unions have refused government’s proposed offer of E160 million once-off payment. Instead, the unions want government to convert the lump sum into a percentage and then add it onto the five per cent basic salary increase offer. This means that the unions want government to come to the negotiation table with a proposal of an eight per cent basic salary increase. However, government is reportedly adamant that the unions should accept the once-off payment and the five per cent. An impeccable source, who is part of the negotiations, said they asked government to quantify the E160m ‘and that is when we learnt that it amounts to three per cent’. “We are not rejecting the E160m per...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
MBABANE – Government cleaners, gardeners, labourers and domestic workers stand to pocket a once-off payment of not more than E1 217.01 in the latest salary increment offer tabled by the State. These public servants are among the lowest income earners and are earmarked to receive 62 per cent of their monthly salaries as a once-off payment. The highest paid cleaner, gardener, labourer and domestic helper is paid a monthly salary of E1 962.92 and will, therefore, receive the once-off pay of E1 217.01 while the lowest paid receives E1 693.33 and will get a once-off pay of E1 049.86. These workers are paid under Grade A1 scale. For nightwatchmen, who are paid under Grade A2 scale, the lowest paid receive...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
NKOMAZI – Fundukuwela High School Headmaster had to run for cover after pupils attacked him demanding a refund of sports fees. The school was supposed to have been taken part in the ongoing nationwide schools balls games, but it has been reported that it could not pay the E4 500 joining fee. Pupils yesterday abandoned classes and bayed for Richard Matsenjwa’s blood demanding answers on what happened to their monies. They vandalised school property and Matsenjwa had to seek cover from the angry pupils who were estimated at around 650.Each pupil is said to have paid E100 sports fee in the beginning of the year. Sources claim it all began after the morning assembly when the learners held an impromptu...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
LOBAMBA – All previous senators, save those who were elected under the Senate Elections Act of 1967 have been in office illegally. The Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, said from the third to the ninth or current Parliament all the senators were illegally in office because there was no law allowing them into office. The PM made this revelation during the debate of the Senate Elections Bill of 2013 which was passed by the House of Assembly yesterday, however with amendments. Ten senators are elected into Senate by members of the House of Assembly. Dlamini went as far as stating that any person who had a smart lawyer could challenge all the previous laws which were enacted by the current...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/10/13)
Three members of the pro-democracy group SWAYOCO charged with sedition for carrying a banner at an election rally in Swaziland say they have been beaten up while in prison awaiting trial. They say warders beat them at the Sidvwashini Correctional Facility. They told magistrates they now feared for their safety. The accused, described in local media as members of the Swaziland Youth Congress, one of a number of pro-democracy groups banned in Swaziland, are Mfanawenkhosi Mbhunu Mtshali, 37, of Gobholo, Derrick Dickson Nkambule, 47, of Mgababa and Maxwell Manqoba Thandukukhanya Dlamini, 23. They appeared before Magistrate Ndumiso Shongwe last week and claimed to be beaten and subjected to harsh treatment and were denied medical treatment. Dlamini, who is the Secretary...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/10/13)
Swaziland's Sikhuphe Airport, the multi-billion rand vanity project of King Mswati III, has construction flaws and is likely to be unusable, a South African newspaper has claimed. The Mail and Guardian reported it had two confidential technical reports by engineer Derrick Dlamini alleging that there were major structural defects in the airport's concrete apron and 'that it is unfit for use by large commercial aircraft'. The Swazi Government has denied the claim. Percy Simelane, the Swaziland government spokesperson, said the state was 'absolutely' satisfied with the work done. The newspaper also said that there might be 'widespread fraud and other irregularities' at the airport, but did not give details. The newspaper reported the cost of the airport was in the...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Swazi Observer 06/07/13)
ABOUT E5.8 million is transacted weekly through the Mobile Money (MM) service offered by Swazi MTN.MTN Head of Mobile Money Sam Shongwe said the MM service has been operational in the country for two years now as it was launched around May 2011. He said to date the service that enables people to send and receive money has attracted over 167 000 subscribers. Shongwe said MM had close to 350 registered agents trading countrywide. “The E5.8 million is money transacted within the Mobile Money space each week. This service, I must state, has been growing significantly since its launch. “The service has seen quite a number of products in its platform like money transfer which allows one person to send...
(Swazi Observer 06/07/13)
FURTHER depreciation of the rand/lilangeni could fuel price increases and demand for wage increases, says Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) Governor Martin Dlamini. He said the weakness of the rand (and lilangeni) had both advantages and disadvantages. “It is an advantage because Swaziland has been experiencing a decline in export values in terms of our own currency, so the devaluation for local businesses has been an advantage,” he said yesterday in an interview. “However, it is unfortunate given that it is going to affect imports, particularly of fuel, which will have a direct effect on inflation. We hope the level of depreciation of the rand, and in turn the lilangeni, will not go further than the psychological E10 to the...
(Swazi Media Commentary 06/07/13)
Swaziland is to train more police cadets for the discredited government of Equatorial Guinea. This was announced only days after President Teodoro Nguema Obiange of Equatorial Guinea claimed that his party, the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), had won 99 of the 100 seats in the lower house of assembly and 54 of 55 senate seats in elections held last month. The main opposition party the Convergence for Social Democracy said it completely rejected the results, calling them, ‘a real fraud, in total violation of the law’. During the election campaign police in Equatorial Guinea arrested opposition politicians and dispersed demonstrators who accused the President of ‘maltreatment’. Reuters news agency reported the United States voiced serious concerns over...
(Swazi Observer 06/07/13)
IN another gruesome murder, a 27-year-old man of Sigangeni was on Wednesday night stabbed 27 times by his close friend allegedly over a Form II school girl from local high school.According to reports, Siphesihle Shongwe was picked up at his grandparents’ home on Wednesday afternoon by the suspect, who said they were going for a soccer practice. The two returned in the evening and had supper together which was prepared by Shongwe’s grandmother, before leaving without mentioning where they were going. According to a community member who witnessed the fatal stabbing, when they reached the suspect’s home they had more food together and were joined by an another. They also had drinks and by this time, they were allegedly intoxicated...
(Mail & Guardian 06/07/13)
The state is ploughing ahead with Swaziland's pricey Sikhuphe runway despite 'structural defects', writes Musa Ndlangamandla. The concrete apron of the Sikhuphe International Airport has been deemed 'unfit for use'. (Swazi Civil Aviation Authority). A senior government engineer has warned that construction flaws in Swaziland's new Sikhuphe International Airport are likely to render the R2.36-billion facility unusable.AmaBhungane is in possession of two confidential technical reports by the engineer, Derrick Dlamini, alleging that there are major structural defects in the airport's concrete apron and that it is unfit for use by large commercial aircraft. The Swazi government; the project manager between March 2010 and June last year, Pretoria-based Aurecon; and the contractor on the apron, Inyatsi Construction, have all denied the...
(Times of swaziland 06/07/13)
MBABANE - Police officers are not encouraged to stand for the upcoming general elections. Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula said they were not encouraged to stand for the elections because this could possibly compromise their work ethic after completing their five-year term of being actively engaged in politics. “The nature of this job does not encourage police officers to participate in politics, which is why we discourage them from standing for the upcoming elections. “However, if a police officer feels there is a strong need to stand for the elections, we will not deny them a chance to exercise their constitutional right to serve the electorate,” said Magagula shortly after registering for the elections at the Police Headquarters yester-day. The commissioner...
(Times of swaziland 06/07/13)
MBABANE – Government has granted a gambling licence to a South African company that is bringing back lottery products, popularly known as ‘lotto’. The company, V Slots Swaziland, according to one of its directors Lotter Bekker, is a subsidiary of Niveus Investments – a Johanne-sburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed entity. Niveus Investments, as explained on its website, has its main investments in gaming, wines and spirits and automotive parts. V Slots Swaziland will operate what will be known as ‘V lotto’ and, Bekker said, it would hopefully be launched before the end of June. The licence, which is valid for 15 years, was issued to V Slots Swaziland by Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mduduzi Dlamini in December last...
(Times of swaziland 06/07/13)
MBABANE – Former Miss Swaziland top five finalist, Tiyandza Dlamini, has been named the brand ambassador of a new product known as SwaziSMS. The product which is still being introduced to the public is powered by a local company known as Tecnosol. The product allows a person to send an SMS from a computer or a smartphone to any mobile phone in the world for as little as 10 cents. The SwaziSMS is said to be a global bulk SMS coverage service with more than 640 mobile network operators worldwide. The product allows the public to send unlimited SMSs to any country at a very small amount. Currently, the product has been made available for people using computers while those...
(Times of swaziland 06/07/13)
KWALUSENI – Teachers will finally be awarded for their outstanding work in education. This will happen courtesy of the Swaziland Heroes in Education that was launched on Wednesday night at the University of Swaziland Kwaluseni campus. The project has been founded by Sisekelo High School teacher, Boy Khumalo, and was officially launched by Minister of Education and Training Wilson Ntshangase. Khumalo said he had always dreamt of hosting the awards to recognise teachers, who have made an impact in people’s lives and did so with passion and dedication. He said the initiative, with the help of companies and other stakeholders, is aimed at honouring teachers who have shown dedication and were creative while executing their duties in class. Khumalo said...
(Times of swaziland 06/07/13)
The Centre for Human Rights, Swaziland, notes with concern the Supreme Court’s judgment issued on Friday, May 31, 2013, to the effect that Sofi Dlamini and others be and are hereby directed to vacate the immovable property described as Remainder of Farm 670 Malkerns within a period of twenty one (21) days from the date of the order. The judgment has implications for long-standing Common Law rules on prescription. The defendants and the other families have been staying on the farm for 50 years, and according to the law of property, persons who have been occupying a land for an undisturbed period of 30 years become owners through prescription. For the Supreme Court to ignore this was a misstatement of...

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