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First ever Arts Summit officially opened

14 February 2019

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga today officially opened the country’s first ever Arts Summit in Manzini.

The two-day summit is being hosted by the Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture and is held at the Eswatini Electricity Company Auditorium in the Hub. The summit has brought together artists from all corners of Eswatini to share ideas on how the arts industry can be developed in the presence of well known South African artists including veteran music producer Don Laka and Skeem Saam Actress Dieketseng Mnisi (MaNtuli).

Making his remarks during the official opening earlier today, the Honourable Minister challenged artists to make good use of the platform.

“This is a very exciting time for the arts industry in our country as this summit provides us, as stakeholders, with an opportunity to come together, for the first time in this fashion, to share ideas on how we can take the industry to even greater heights. I would like to encourage all of you here to make it a point that our deliberations during the course of this summit provide swift interventions for the creative sector to take its rightful position within the competitive industries’ space and ensure striving and sustainable professions,” Bulunga said.

The summit will end tomorrow (Friday, 15 February 2019).

Make use of YERF- King

12 February 2019

His Majesty King Mswati III has encouraged the youth of Eswatini to make use of the Youth Enterprise Revolving Fund.

The YERF, a Public Enterprise under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, is an initiative that helps the youth of Eswatini to start up businesses by giving out loans to qualifying entrepreneurs. Speaking during the official opening of the first session of the 11th Parliament on Friday, 08 February, His Majesty urged the youth of the country to make use of the facility.

“The Youth remain the cornerstone of Eswatini’s development and economic growth as they continue to represent the highest percentage of our national population statistics. As they face more challenges, we will require a comprehensive, coordinated and multi-sectoral response in creating an enabling environment for youth development. We encourage the youth to take advantage of the Youth enterprise Revolving Fund, which is aimed at empowering them and guaranteeing financial inclusion. This will ensure our youth are engaged in meaningful activities that keep them away from destroying their lives at an early stage,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty further encouraged the business community and the country’s development partners to avail more opportunities to the youth of Eswatini.

The 16th edition of the Eswatini Bank Cup was launched in style at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre in Ezulwini on Monday morning.

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga was joined by a host of dignitaries including Secretary to Cabinet Mbuso Dlamini, Eswatini Football Association President Adam Mthethwa and Premier League of Eswatini Chairman Peter Magagula, at the colourful event which also saw the last 32 draw being conducted.

Making his remarks, the Honourable Minister praised Eswatini Bank for continuously backing the tournament.

"The Eswatini Bank Cup needs no introduction. This tournament has become synonymous with Eswatini football and its mention evokes beautiful memories from the beautiful and legendary editions of yesteryear. Almost everyone in football has a story to tell about the Eswatini Bank Cup. It is for that reason that I find it important to thank Eswatini Bank for their continued, excellent backing of this tournament," the Minister said.

Eswatini Bank Cup Managing Director Zakhele Dlamini announced that the total sponsorship package for this year’s tournament would be E2.9 million, up by E300 000 from last season. Meanwhile, this year’s champions will pocket E1.1 million. As was the case in last year’s edition, the tournament will be made up of three wings namely the main, U-20 and women’s tournaments. 

The main tournament will kickoff on Friday. The package for the women’s tournament has been doubled from E75 000 last season to E150 000 this year.

In the main tournament’s last 32 draw, defending champions Young Buffaloes were paired with Shiselweni Super League side Shooting Stars while runners up Manzini Wanderers will take on Mbabane City.

Main tournament last 32 draw:

Zibonele vs Green Mamba
City Warriors vs M. Highlanders
Madlenya vs Royal Leopard
Shooting Stars vs Young Buffaloes
Royal Swallows or Hub vs M. Swallows
Burning Spears vs Vovovo
Seven Dreams vs Malanti
Milling Hotspurs vs M. Sundowns
Movers or Ludzeludze Killers vs Sea Birds
Rangers vs Moneni Pirates
Illovo vs Tambuti
Mbabane City vs M. Wanderers
Tycoons vs M. Citizens
Rail Utd vs Matsapha
Red Lions vs Black Swallows
Callies vs Tinyosi

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga today (Wednesday, 06 February 2019) attended the official crowning of the champions of the 2019 Milky-Max (Parmalat) U-13 tournament.

The event was held at Sigwaca House and in attendance, the Honourable Minister was joined by Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Vice President Comfort Shongwe, Under Secretary in the Ministry Nhlanhla Motsa and Director of Sports Lucky Sihlongonyane, amongst others.

Making his remarks, the Honourable Minister thanked Parmalat for their continued investment into local football.

“It is clear to us that Parmalat is set on spreading this noble and brilliant cause countrywide. We would like to commend Parmalat for this unwavering support and commitment to contributing to the development of football and sport in our beautiful country. Such an investment does not get the kind of coverage and popularity that comes with senior tournaments but Parmalat has remained loyal to the cause, even increasing the sponsorship package throughout the years,” the Minister said.

Dark City were crowned champions of Mbabane, Real Masters were crowned champions of Lobamba and Black Swallows were crowned champions of Pigg’s Peak. Parmalat sponsored the tournament to the tune of E30 000.

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We are committed to economic development- PM

 

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The Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini says the new Cabinet is committed and ready to turn around the Eswatini economy in close collaboration with the private sector, international parterns and all emaSwati.

The Prime Minister made these remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of Cabinet Ministers held at Cabinet offices on Tuesday.

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