Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Times of swaziland 05/23/13)
MBABANE – Swaziland will not allow South Africa’s Members of Parliament to come into the kingdom on a proposed fact finding mission. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mtiti Fakudze yesterday said Swazis were neither South Africa’s children nor was Swaziland a province of the neighbouring Republic. Fakudze was reacting to a story that appeared in this publication on a planned visit by members of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation who want to come to Swaziland on a fact-finding mission regarding the kingdom’s state of affairs. This was after the MPs were not satisfied with answers they received from their Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) officials on Swaziland’s political, social and financial situation. Hitting...
(Swazi Observer 05/23/13)
THE dog fight has shifted to court now. Judge Jacobus Annandale argues, in papers filed at the Mbabane Magistrate’s Court that Bhekiwe Dlamini was in breach of an agreement as she had failed to take care of the puppy sold to her for E2 300. THE dog fight has shifted to court now. Judge Jacobus Annandale argues, in papers filed at the Mbabane Magistrate’s Court that Bhekiwe Dlamini was in breach of an agreement as she had failed to take care of the puppy sold to her for E2 300. Justice Annandale, in his affidavit, mentions that he was a Judge of the High Court of Swaziland. He explains that on April 26, 2013 he entered into a verbal sale...
(Times of swaziland 05/22/13)
MBABANE – Having a standard remuneration in the SADC region will lead to a collapse of the small economies in the region. Economists have concurred that such an arrangement will plunge small economies further into debt. The economists’ observation follows Minister of Labour and Social Security Lutfo Dlamini’s report that SADC member states have resolved to have standardised remuneration. SADC stands for Southern African Development Community. SADC has 15 member states, although Madagascar’s membership is currently suspended. This was after a coup d’état led by the former mayor of Antananarivo Andry Rajoelina. The other members include Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Dlamini was quoted by this...
(Swazi Observer 05/22/13)
A government grader which was found levelling a feeder road towards Hhukwini MP Mkhululi Dlamini’s home raised suspicions amongst the LaMgabhi residents that the legislator may be abusing government property for his personal gain yesterday. The grader was found at Emanzamnyama. Residents of the area watched in disbelief as the government grader started clearing the road from Ndlunganye station to the MP’s resident. The distance is about three kilometres from the main station. Some registered their shock on the abnormality as they claimed the legislator had never at any time made alternatives to grade the main road, which they claim is really a mess and a hazard to them. In a random interview with the residents, it was discovered that...
(Times of swaziland 05/22/13)
MBABANE – South Africa’s Members of Parliament want to visit Swaziland on a fact finding mission regarding the kingdom’s state of affairs. Those planning the visit are members of the portfolio committee on international relations and cooperation. Among the committee’s members are the renowned Mosiuoa ‘Terror’ Lekota and Smuts Ngonyama who are both from the Congress of the People (COPE).Lekota, an outspoken politician, and Ngonyama, are former leaders of the ruling African National Congress but defected in 2008 to establish COPE together with the likes of Mbazima Shilowa. Bantu Holomisa, who is President of the United Democratic Movement and also an ex-ANC leader who was expelled from the party in 1996, is another well-known figure within the committee. The visit,...
(Times of swaziland 05/21/13)
MBABANE - The Australian High Commission has donated E180 000 to Junior Achievement Swaziland for this year’s programme implementation. Jean Mwenda, the Executive Director for JA Swaziland said this was not the first time the organisation received funding from the Australian High Commission. “In fact their first donation was in 2011 when they pumped in E50 000, this is actually a 360 per cent increase, which is quite exhilarating,” said Mwenda. This funding is to be used for programme implementation cost such as printing pupils’ manuals and facilitators’ guides for the JA Economies for Success programme (EFS) and the JA Company Programme (JACO). Mwenda further stated that the JA Board of Directors, management and staff greatly appreciate the Australian High...
(Swazi Observer 05/21/13)
Tour operators have pledged to bring in more tourists to Swaziland and have them stay longer as there are a lot of activities they can enjoy while in the country. This came up last week during the tour operators’ visit to the country to experience the hospitality facilities Swaziland has to offer. The 12 tour operators from various companies in different parts of South Africa and abroad were in the country as part of the post Tourism Indaba Educationals facilitated by the Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA). The group met for a farewell event at the Mountain Inn on Saturday after a three-day stay during which they visited a number of hospitality establishments across the country. They were hosted by STA...
(Times of swaziland 05/21/13)
MBABANE - Swaziland’s tourism office in Cape Town, South Africa, is working tirelessly to change negative perceptions tour operators may have about the country. Tame Swazi, a company that markets Swaziland as an ideal tourist destination, says for the past two years, they have been convincing tour operators to include the country in their itineraries due to wrong information they had about it. Tame Swazi’s Ann Reilly, interviewed during a cocktail luncheon for tour operators on Saturday, said this hard work was finally paying off as more and more tour operators were now including Swaziland in their itineraries. “Every month, I visit a few tour operators, have one-on-one meetings with them, find out who their clients are and then market...
(Times of swaziland 05/20/13)
MBABANE – As the winter season beckons, the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) is going through one of its toughest times, which may see it crumbling down to its knees. This newspaper can reveal that SEC is faced with an unprecedented financial predicament mainly due to the snowballing effects of the recent years’tariff awards, which have been lower than what it had applied for. This year the utility applied to the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) to increase electricity tariffs by 36.5 per cent for the year 2013/14 and was eventually awarded a 9.3 per cent per cent increase effective June 1, 2013. Information from sources close to the matter is that SEC is struggling to cope with the 10.1 per...
( 05/18/13)
It has been a long time since witches were burnt at the stake in Europe but the accusation remains a serious one in the landlocked African country. Anyone caught flying their broomstick above the height limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine, the country’s Civil Aviation Authorities said this week. According to the Corporate Affairs Sabelo Dlamini‘A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,’ The new aviation law was highlighted after a private investigator was caught flying a helicopter equipped with a video camera to gather surveillance information. Witchcraft is taken seriously in Swaziland where many people believe in the power of black magic. Last year a leading Swazi MP called for a hike in...
(Times of swaziland 05/17/13)
MBABANE – The Export Credit Guarantee Scheme (ECGS) is increasingly giving local exporters a comparative advantage over their rivals in the region, it has been observed. ECGS extends easier credit terms to importers to obviate cash flow bottlenecks. In the previous year, 307 loans and guarantees delivered credit totalling to E211 million. This information is reflected in the Swaziland Review 2013, an overview of Swaziland’s economy. The maximum guarantee that can be issued is E25 million, with 75 per cent and 85 per cent of pre or post shipment credit guaranteed respectively. Interest is charged at the Central Bank of Swaziland’s prime lending rate. It is stated in the review that sector-wise distribution of loans and guarantees in the period...
(Times of swaziland 05/17/13)
MAGADZAVANE - The country’s tourism industry stands to benefit following a visit by renowned international tour operators. The tour operators are in the country courtesy of Swaziland Tourism Authority and they are expected to tour the country’s leading tourism attractions. On Wednesday afternoon, seven tour operators visited the recently opened Magdzavane Lodge. Magadzavane Lodge was officially opened by His Majesty the King last year and is operated by the Swaziland National Trust Commission. Upon arriving at the lodge, the tour operators were shown around the place before they spent the night at the lodge Yesterday morning, the operators were taken on a mountain hike where they got to experience the beautiful scenery of the Lubombo Mountains. Michael Anderson, Product Manager...
(Times of swaziland 05/16/13)
MBABANE – Pastors and religious leaders have been discouraged from standing for the upcoming 2013 general elections. This was the common stance of the Swaziland Conference of Churches and the League of Churches. Both organisations have 314 church denominations and nearly 3 500 local church branches. The Swaziland Conference of Churches has about 250 000 members countrywide. President of the Swaziland Conference of Churches Bishop Stephen Masilela said the organisation believed pastors would not be able to cope as parliamentarians and preaching tha gospel because they would have many duties to execute at the same time. Masilela emphasised that the organisation fully supports Christians’ participation during elections as ordered by His Majesty the King. “Pastors and religious leaders are not...
(Times of swaziland 05/16/13)
Swaziland is far realising increased foreign direct investors as the IRM implementing team has not yet started making reforms in the protection of investors’ indicator. This is because the Legislature has not yet amended the Companies Act of 2009. The reforms under this indicator heavily rely on the amendment of the Act. IRM stands for Investor Road Map while the protection of investors is one of the indicators the World Bank uses to see how economies protect investors. It is an indicator which investors look at before considering investing in a country. The Ease of Doing Business Report, 2012 stated that Swaziland regressed in this indicator from position 124 to 128 out of 185 economies. As the World Bank team...
(Times of swaziland 05/16/13)
The expansion programme that Premier Foods embarked on has paid off with the acquisition of a division of Krafts Foods. Krafts Foods is a renown international company with an annual turnover of E150 million a year while Premier Foods is equally known for its reputable brands in the Bakery and Confectionary Industry internationally. The division that Premier Foods bought into at Krafts Foods is the Manhattan brand and Super C. This forms part of Premier’s strategy to grow the business and move into markets and product ranges outside its current basket of offerings. The recent acquisition of the Krafts Foods brand in South Africa is an initial step in this direction and is said to be just the beginning of...
(Times of swaziland 05/15/13)
MBABANE – A suggestion has been put forth to govern-ment to seek an investor to mine the 700 million tonnes of iron ore estimated to lie just below the surface of the Pigg’s Peak belt. The reason behind seeking another investor is because Salgaocar Swazi-land’s expertise lies in turning mineral waste into a valuable resource. According to the Swaziland Review 2013, an overview of the country’s economy, minerals available in Swaziland include many varieties of industrial rocks for use in construction, ceramics, paints, electronics, dimension stones, barites for use in manufacturing lithopone, talc for a wide range of uses in manufacturing and kaolin for use in a number of ceramics and pharmaceutical and various industrial applications. Gold and diamond are...
(Swazi Observer 05/15/13)
LINKING foreign direct companies with local ones is not guaranteed to work as Swazi enterprises are reluctant, it has been noted. Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA) Domestic Investments Director Nonhlanhla Shongwe said at times the linkages failed as local companies suffered retarded growth yet the bigger companies wanted to work with enterprises that were growing yearly. She said over a longer period of time, the companies maintained the same stage yet foreign direct companies wanted to link with enterprises that had capacity and experience. Shongwe said a couple of big companies were keen on linking with smaller ones in Swaziland, but the challenge was that some small and medium enterprises (SMEs) did not have the capacity to embark on bigger...
( 05/15/13)
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 a year...
(Times of swaziland 05/15/13)
MBABANE – Foreigners who have been resident in the country for at least five years will be allowed to vote during the upcoming National General Elections. This is according to the Constitution which, in Section 88, states that: “A person qualified for the purposes of this section is qualified to be registered as a voter in one Inkhundla only. A person is ordinarily resident in Swaziland where that person has lived in, or has been associated with that Inkhundla for a period of not less than five years or is permanently resident in Swaziland or has relevant documents to that effect.” This stipulation is also covered in the Voters Registration Bill of 2013 which is currently before Parliament. Part three...
(Swazi Observer 05/15/13)
DRUNKEN driving is a concern for the tourism industry and needs to be addressed, says stakeholders. Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) Marketing Manager Bongani Dlamini, though being non-committal on the matter, acknowledged that drunken driving affected the tourism industry. Asked about the issue of drunken driving arrests, he declined to comment, saying “this is a story for another day”. He noted though that it affects tourism badly, adding that something needed to be done. Dlamini was interviewed yesterday on the last day of the Tourism Indaba held in Durban, South Africa. On Swaziland hosting the east3Route Investment Conference this year, Dlamini said it would help the country to attract prospective investors. “We will soon be meeting with industry players and stakeholders...

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