Friday 19 January 2018
(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...
(Times of swaziland 06/12/13)
MBABANE - Civil servants want the proposed E160 million salary hike offer tabled by the government negotiation team. This was the common stance among civil servants who were randomly interviewed at government offices and various parts of the Central Business District (CBD) yesterday fternoon. Most of the civil servants seemed worried that union leaders rejected the salary hike offer during the ongoing salary negotiations between government and workers representatives. Public sector unions reportedly 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 negotiating...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Swazi Observer 06/11/13)
GOING, GOING, GONE: The auction is scheduled for June 19 (next Wednesday) at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton. NHLANGANO Casino Royale will next week be auctioned in Sandton, South Africa. However, this development has not been communicated to some of the hotel’s stakeholders and other relevant parties, including government. Information gathered was that the hotel, which was sold to its current owners a couple of years ago for about E10 million, was now being auctioned at a reserve price of E19.8 million. The details of the auction have been posted on www.auctionavenue.co.za where interested buyers may register to take part in the auction scheduled for June 19 (next Wednesday) at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton at noon. This is the...
(Swazi Observer 06/11/13)
THE Swaziland National Provident Fund (SNPF) has paid more than E285 million to its members. SNPF Chief Executive Officer Prince Lonkhokhela in the Annual Report 2012 said this pay-out had been done in the past five years, adding that they had consistently delivered competitive returns and the organisation’s financial strength has served them well. He said the Fund had returned more than 10% on members fund’s in an environment that was bearish. The CEO said this again reaffirmed the organisation’s track record of resilient results as the conservative investment strategy which was intentionally skewed in favour of local property continued to outperform comparable funds results.He said the last two years had been tough for the people of Swaziland, following the...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
Siphofaneni — Members of the Swaziland Rural Women's Assembly (SRWA) along with gender activists in Swaziland and beyond are still reeling in shock after the Royal Swaziland Police Service (RSPS) effectively silenced activists and shut down a peaceful women’s solidarity march that the SRWA organised on 29 May. SRWA organised the march in response to a recent case, where a man stripped naked the mother of his child, assaulted her, and with a knife to her back, dragged her by her hair for three kilometres, through surrounding communities and across the busy MR103 highway, to his uncles homestead. SRWA’s founder and chairperson, Sebenzile Nxumalo explained that the march was organised to show support for all victims of gender-based violence (GBV),...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
LOBAMBA – Sihlangu’s E5 million grant remains frozen as the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Hlobisile Ndlovu, once again failed to table the progress report for last year’s grant. This grant was frozen by a Parliament resolution after the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) failed to use part of the grant for development purposes. Parliament had resolved that part of the grant given to Sihlangu last year be given to the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) to develop the sport in the country. The resolution was only effected this year as the FA forked out E800 000 to the PLS for the recently launched Under-20 league, hence the minister was expected to table the amended report in...
(Times of swaziland 06/11/13)
MBABANE – Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula has said the police are disheartened by claims that were made by the woman who was paraded naked in public. Magagula was speaking at the Operational Support Service Unit (OSSU) course at Ngonini. He appealed to the public to respect the sanctity of life and human rights of the vulnerable and refrain from abusing their partners. “While as a police service we are committed to bringing perpetrators of gender based violence to book, it is counterproductive and indeed disturbing when the phenomenon of sweeping matters under the carpet comes to the fore, as it denigrates all efforts to bring under control this despicable crime. “The case of the victim of the incident, which recently...
(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...

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