Thursday 19 April 2018
(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...
(Swazi Observer 05/14/13)
SWAZILAND will this year host the 2013 Investment Conference, which is part of the east3Route excursion that will take place from October 13-17. This was disclosed by the KwaZulu Natal MEC Michael Mabuyakhulu during a press briefing at the Swaziland exhibition stand at the Tourism Indaba held in Durban, South Africa on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts from Mozambique, Seychelles and Swaziland. At the meeting Swaziland was represented by Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) Chairman Zacharia Dlamini and officials from the tourism authority. Last year the investment conference was hosted by Mozambique. The east3Route is an initiative between South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province, Mozambique and Swaziland to promote tourism in the region. Mabuyakhulu explained that the three countries’ tourism...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Swazi Observer 05/14/13)
THE national elections voter registration exercise got off to a semi-slow start yesterday with the Prime Minister and his deputy a no show in their respective chiefdoms. PM Sibusiso Dlamini and DPM Themba Masuku were scheduled to be at their chiefdoms to register as a way of boasting public confidence in as far as the elections are concerned. Both cancelled at the last minute although no other reasons were advanced save for reports of an urgent cabinet meeting yesterday. Also seen at the cabinet offices was the Attorney General (AG) Majahenkhaba Dlamini, a common feature really. The no show by the two veteran politicians was interpreted in varying fashions by political commentators and observers alike. Some felt the two politicians...
(Times of swaziland 05/13/13)
MBABANE – The vegetable subsector can inject at least E42 million into the country’s economy. This is according to information contained in the Swaziland Review 2013 published by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade. It is said the year under review saw NAMBOARD take bold steps to steer the vegetables oil sub-sector out of the doldrums and realise its potential of generating E42 million annually. NAMBORD is the National Board. The review states that this was the average amount the Ministry of Agriculture study observed was spent per year on importing edible oils and related products, predominantly from South Africa. It also says the study noted that Swaziland’s annual consumption of cooking oil was approximately 34 million litres and...
(Times of swaziland 05/13/13)
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town last week, His Majesty Mswati III highlighted that the challenges faced by the world post-2015, despite the completion of the Millennium Development Goals, will remain substantially similar; and that poverty alleviation and infrastructural development remain critical priorities. Most notably, His Majesty emphasised on the continuing decentralisa-tion of services, pointing out that the best way to prevent the social disruption of urban migration is to evenly distribute infrastru-cture and services throughout the country. It is hoped that this concept will be seized on by our aspiring parliamentarians. The rural areas are still behind urban areas in terms of providing jobs, education, electricity and clean water, some quite far behind. Transport is always...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
STEFANUTTI Stocks has been awarded a tender to construct factory shells as part of the E100 million allocation in the national budget. Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade Principal Secretary Jinnoh Nkambule said the factory shells would be built at the new industrial area in Matsapha. He said the construction of the factory shells in the country had been an ongoing project which was spearheaded by government through the ministry of commerce in collaboration with the Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA). Nkambule said by working closely with a consultant they had reached the final stage of the procurement process and awarded Stefanutti Stocks, a local company to construct the shells. He said the procurement process looked at the capacity of...
(Times of swaziland 05/13/13)
MBABANE – Teachers have expressed their worst fears that the current Cabinet could be playing a hide-and-seek game on the ongoing salary negotiations. Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President Sibongile Mazibuko said they were now suspicious that government was deliberately avoiding them. “We last met on April 24 this year. We were supposed to meet on Workers’ Day but could not because it was a holiday. We asked the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) for a meeting the day after May Day but they refused, saying they were engaged,” Mazibuko said. Subsequent to the meeting they were supposed to converge last week on Wednesday. “At the 11th hour, we were informed that the GNT is busy; hence salary talks could...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
SWAZILAND Tourism Authority Board Chairman Zacharia Dlamini has urged politicians within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to speed up the process of introducing a UNIVISA for tourists’ easy access to the region. Dlamini was speaking during an interview at the Tourism Indaba held in Durban, South Africa. He said the status quo was frustrating and resulted in potential tourists not visiting some countries in the region. He said as players in the hospitality industry they felt the effects of the visa problem. “One can just appeal to the region’s governments to give the issue the attention it deserves because our efforts to promote our countries at such forums are dealt a huge blow by this problem,” he said. Dlamini...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Times of swaziland 05/10/13)
CATE TOWN, SA – His Majesty King Mswati III has said poverty alleviation and infrastructure development should remain top priority issues beyond 2015. The King told participants at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town yesterday that the architecture of the post 2015 on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) should continue to focus on employment creation and decent work. “Investment, trade and aid should also be given priority while ensuring there is skills and technology transfer to empower our citizens. “Education, skills development and science and technology should continue to feature prominently in the agenda in order to close the digital divide between developing and developed countries,” he said. His Majesty noted that the global financial crisis proved to...
(Times of swaziland 05/10/13)
Members of Parliament have been reportedly assured of their 10 per cent salary cuts back pay if they pass all the Elections Bills as they are. This is reportedly a carrot that is being dangled in front of the legislators should they pass the Bills without any amendments before their term of office expires. Parliament can be dissolved anytime now that the election process has started with the announcement of the commencement of the registration process yesterday. This was alleged by Motshane MP Robert Magongo during a Portfolio Committee meeting on Wednesday. Magongo said the talks circulating around the issue were in bad taste and were trying to deter them from doing their jobs. He said he wanted the ministry...
(Swazi Observer 05/10/13)
THE long road to parliament, for some, begins next week. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) delivered the news many aspirant members of parliament have been waiting for when he announced that registration for the 2013 national elections will commence on Monday. The registration exercise will run until June 23. EBC Chairman Chief Gija Dlamini made the announcement yesterday morning at their offices based in Nkhanini. The announcement does not mean people aspiring to win seats in parliament can start campaigning, no. For now, the chief urged all eligible Swazis, mainly those who are 18 years and above to register for the elections as doing so would give them the opportunity to be elected or to elect a person of...
(Swazi Observer 05/10/13)
THE National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBoard) has a potential of generating at least E42 million annually in the vegetable oil sub-sector. The Swaziland Review 2013 says the year under review saw the parastatal take bold steps to steer the vegetable oil sub-sector out of the doldrums and realise its potential of generating E42 million annually. A study done by the ministry of agriculture found that this was the average amount spent per year on importing edible oils and related products, predominantly from South Africa. The review said the study noted that Swaziland’s annual consumption of cooking oil was approximately 34 million litres and the country had been importing from South Africa for many decades. It states that losses in terms...
(Times of swaziland 05/08/13)
Almost five years after the last elections, Parliament has been ambushed with a raft of election laws on the eve of the elections slated for August, this year. The question, as I see it, is whether this is by coincidence or design. Here, I am reminded of the immortal words of the late statesman Mabalizandla Nhlabatsi during the halcyon days of the Liqoqo hegemony in the mid-1980s, when he cautioned fellow legislators about the pitfalls of blindly enacting laws that might one day haunt them. The turn-about came when the very same laws the late Nhlabatsi had warned about that had been used to incarcerate and silence opponents of the Liqoqo regime were invoked to send to prison some of...

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