Tuesday 12 December 2017
(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...
(Swazi Media Commentary 05/29/13)
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,...
(Swazi Observer 05/28/13)
THE country’s reserves declined slightly by 0.7% reaching E7.4 billion mid this month. Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) Governor Martin Dlamini said the decrease in reserves was on account of payments of government’s external obligations. He said at this level, the reserves represented an estimated import cover of goods and services of 3.9 months. “Despite the decline, reserves were above the internationally acceptable threshold of three months import cover. Taking into consideration both the international, regional and domestic economic conditions, the Bank in consultation with the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee (MPCC) decided to maintain the discount rate unchanged at 5%,” he said in the press statement of MPCC. Dlamini said however a cut in interest would have been ideal judging...
(Swazi Media Commentary 05/28/13)
Gangs armed with knives or firearms roam the streets of the cities looking for houses to break into, while residents live barricaded behind ‘perimeter walls, security guards, dogs, security lighting, window grills, and alarm systems with security response teams […] essential for ensuring the safety of residents’. Burglaries and home invasions occur frequently. Gangs have been known to break into homes while the residents are still at home. Pedestrians cannot walk the streets in safety and robberies take place in broad daylight. Motorists are stopped on the roads and robbed. Swaziland’s autocratic ruler King Mswati III and his supporters constantly say the kingdom is a place of peace. The king, in particular, tells the international community that all is well...
(The Independent 05/28/13)
Durban - Kings Mswati’s government has reacted strongly to a proposed visit by South African MPs, saying they will be blocked from investigating the political situation in sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy. “It is Swazis who decide how they want to be governed, not a neighbouring state,” said Swazi Foreign Minister Mtiti Fakudze. “We are not governed by South Africa.” However, at a briefing last week with officials of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), MP Bill Elof (DA) was recorded as saying Swaziland was “definitely going to run into trouble”. “The effect and burden of the unemployment levels in Swaziland are directly affecting South Africa,” he said in the minutes of the meeting. Swazi government spokes-man, Percy...
(Swazi Media Commentary 05/28/13)
Voter registration in Swaziland is in chaos – even the electoral board running the election does not know how many people are eligible to vote in the kingdom. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) announced it believed there were 600,000 people in Swaziland who would be eligible to vote. EBC Chairman Chief Gija Dlamini confirmed the figure to theVoice of America radio. He said, ‘From the statisticians, they gave us a population of 600,000 Swazis who are eligible to vote and we are targeting that number.’ But, Dlamini’s estimate might be well wide of the true picture. The law says that people aged 18 and over can vote, with a small number of exceptions, including those who are not of...
(Swazi Media Commentary 05/28/13)
Newspapers in Swaziland deliberately suppressed criticism about a visit by the Equatorial Guinean president after being instructed to do so by a Swazi government minister. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Swaziland chapter, has publicly revealed for the first time the extent of the collusion between Swaziland’s newspapers and the government. MISA, the foremost media freedom advocacy group in the region, reported on how the newspapers in Swaziland covered the visit to the kingdom by President Teodora Mbasago. In its annual report on media freedom in Swaziland, published this month, MISA, said, ‘In January 2012, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Winnie Magagula held an impromptu meeting with all [print] editors , where she told them they must...
(Swazi Observer 05/28/13)
THE establishment of the Industrial Hemp Swaziland (IHS) will see close to 2 000 jobs created in the country sooner than later. Swazi Hemp Prospects Chief Executive Officer James Smith said initially the project would require approximately 400 people to run a factory producing fibre and about 1500 seasonal workers for planting and harvesting (1000 people to also do yarn). He said industrial hemp was not illegal in numerous countries adding that it was produced in more than 26 countries as they grew and processed it. Smith said the countries were India, China, Eastern Europe, the European Union (EU), Chile, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Korea, Canada, United States of America (USA), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Finland. He...
(Times of swaziland 05/27/13)
MBABANE – Despite a decline in loans and advances, Nedbank Swaziland has posted a healthy profit of E75.4 million for the financial year ended in December 2012, which exceeds its financial target. This is a 14 per cent increase from the previous year when the financial institution made a profit of E66 million. In fact, for the past five years, Nedbank has shown a steady growth in its financial results inspite of the economic challenges that engulfed the world over. The bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Phesheya Nkambule, noted that the business delivered a solid performance, with profits growing by 14 per cent year on year to stand at E75.4 million as the retail sector and non-interest revenue lines recorded good...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
The chairman of Swaziland’s Elections and Boundaries Commission says he is confident that this year’s national elections would be transparent and credible. “I am confident it would be very credible like the one we had before, and judging by the interest of the people, I am 100 percent confident that it is going to be a credible election,” said Prince Gija. He said the electoral commission will begin sending invitation letters from Monday to international poll observer groups to monitor the elections. “We are expecting probably the head of state to be signing [the document], which will actually declare the date of the election, giving us dates like the nomination dates and the election dates,” Gija said. “So, by then...
(Swazi Observer 05/27/13)
MINISTER of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulile Mashwama has announced the dates for this year’s Swaziland International Trade Fair (SITF). During the launch of the SITF 2013 held at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre, the minister said it would start on August 30 to September 9, adding that the theme would be ‘Trade and Invest in Swaziland-Africa’s New Promise’. She said the management committee of SITF 2013 would be chaired by the Director for International Trade, Sizwe Ntshangase. Mashwama said in the coming days, the management committee of SITF 2013 would be providing all the necessary information on hosting this event, including on how to apply for stand rentals. She said the SITF brand did not only promote trade...
(Swazi Observer 05/27/13)
ELECTRICITY will go up by 5% beginning Saturday, a consumer friendly decision has been made by only government. The Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) had approved a 9.3% hike but government, in consultation with the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), reduced it to 5%. SEC announced yesterday that it would be increasing the tariff by the 5% instead of 9.3 percent as awarded by SERA. “The public will recall that SEC indicated that it would have consultations with its shareholder to review the consequences of the 9.3% tariff recently awarded by the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority. After due consideration, the shareholder has informed SEC that the 2013/14 tariff must go up by 5%. This is with effect from June 1, 2013,”...
(Times of swaziland 05/27/13)
MBABANE – The safety of livestock belonging to royalty and government is at stake as government workers charged with tending the flocks have resolved to go on a boycott during weekends. It is estimated that there are over 10 000 cattle in the 10 farms to be affected by the workers’ resolution. Each farm has an estimated 18 employees depending on the size of the farm. The farms are Mphisi Farm, Bhalekane, Magoga, Nyonyane Sisa Ranch, Kubuta, Nsalitshe, Emanyonyaneni, Mlindazwe, Enkalashane and High Veld Ranch. The workers said the bone of contention was that they were not being paid according to the proper scale which is double pay for an employee who works on Saturday and Sunday. The basic salary...

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