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Minister of Home Affairs Princess Lindiwe announce postpoment of His Majesty's 51 birthday gifts presentation 

The Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe announced this morning that gifts presentation ceremony to His Majesty King Mswati III scheduled for Wednesday April 17, 2019 at Lozitha Royal Palace has been postponed indefinitely.

The nation had been invited to bring forward 51st birthday gifts for the King.

A new date will be announced in due course according to Home Affairs Minister Princess Lindiwe.

POSTPONED

 “On behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs I hereby notify the nation that the presentation of gifts to His Majesty King Mswati III scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Lozitha Royal Palace has since been postponed until further notice,” said in a press briefing.

The minister apologised to the nation for the inconvenience caused by the change of dates.

“Any inconvenience caused by these changes is highly regretted,” she said.

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Princess Lindiwe plea with the nation to continue with contributions and donations towards the success of the 51st birthday celebration.

Individuals interested to make contributions can contact the secretariat of the Resource Mobilisation Committee on +268 7650 5151 or +268 2411 7605 to register their pledge.

Financial contributions can be directly deposited into a dedicated Government bank account which holds monies specifically for hosting the celebration. Details of the account are as follows:

Bank:                                  STANDARD BANK

Account Name:                    RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Account no:                        9110002365661

Brach:                                Mbabane Branch

Branch code:                      663164

SWIFT:                               SBICSZMX

For media queries contact:

Mlandvo A. Dlamini
Ministerial Communications Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Cell: +268 7606 3938

The Minister of Home Affairs Dr Siyabonga Cwele met his Eswatini counterpart, Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe, to discuss issues of mutual interest, in particular around migration and trade at the Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post on Friday, 12 April 2019.

 

SA Eswatini Joint Ministers of Home Affairs and Eswatini delegates

The meeting was also attended by the SA High Commissioner to Swaziland, Members of Eswatini Parliament, Councillors of the Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality, senior managers of both governments from the departments of Home Affairs, Police, Revenue Service and Agriculture.

The main issues discussed were the re-establishment of formal dialogue mechanisms between the two countries and considering modalities around extending the operating hours of the Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post to 24 hours. This is the busiest border post between the two countries and is also the busiest land trade port, accounting for R1.7 billion a year.

“We are focused on contributing to growing the economies of both countries. The volumes of both people and trade moving through the port justifies considering extending the operating hours. Extended office hours would also help to reduce accidents because our people will not have to rush to reach the border post,” said Minister Cwele.

He said in the short-term, it may be quicker to extend operating hours in the morning, from 06:00 instead of 07:00.

The Kingdom of Eswatini proposed that a formal dialogue mechanism between the two countries on Home Affairs matters be re-established. “I am reliably informed that there used to be quarterly meetings between Home affairs officials of both countries. This meetings were very useful and could be used as a platform to address ongoing and emerging such as informal crossings, study permits, medical visas, and extension of border operational hours. It is therefore, my considered view and humble plea that these quarterly meetings be revived as a matter of urgency,” said Princess Lindiwe.

The Ministers agreed to reinstate quarterly meetings of senior officials to keep track of commitments made and the implementation of areas of agreement.

Another area of discussion was the issue of Overstayers, or people who are in either country for a period longer than the time granted on entry more especially those staying on medical conditions. The Ministers agreed to use the Diplomatic Missions to reduce this phenomenon by having the nationals alerting their Diplomatic Missions if circumstances forces them to stay longer in either country. The Diplomatic Missions will then work with Home Affairs officials to assist in such instances. Princess Lindiwe was also pleased with her counterpart that they have established mobile solution where sickly individuals can be assisted by either a relative to attain an online visa without visiting the Home Affairs offices.

The Ministers agreed to ensure that the people coming in to the counties are documented and use official lines like the ports of entry.

The Ministers also monitored the state of readiness of the port ahead of the Easter Period.  The Oshoek/Ngwenya Port of Entry will operate for 24 hours from 18-21 April 2019. The Ministers expressed satisfaction about the plans and the preparations for this busy period.

For media queries contact:

Mlandvo A. Dlamini
Ministerial Communications Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Cell: +268 7606 3938

 

In a press briefing held at the Royal Swazi Spa, Minister of Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe appoints a committee of 13 people to cater for the fundraising of His Majesty King Mswati III 51st birthday celebration. The appointment came when the Kingdom of Eswatini continues to experience financial constrain.

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Minister for Home Affairs Princess Lindiwe briefing the media

According to the Minister the team is tasked with consolidating resources for his majesty’s 51st birthday celebration. She emphasized that King’s birthday is the responsibility of all Emaswati because it promotes unity, goodwill, peace and foster mutual respect and cooperation between Emaswati and neighbouring member states as well as boost revenue through tourism sector and other businesses. The appointed members of the Resource Mobilization team include:

  1. DR PHIL MNISI (ESA CEO) – CHAIRMAN
  2. MR. NICK JACKSON (RESC CEO) – DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
  3. MR. MVUSELELO FAKUDZE (STANDARD BANK CEO)
  4. MR. LANGALAKHE DLAMINI (PSPF CEO)
  5. REV. ANTHONY Y MASILELA (PS HOME AFFAIRS)
  6. HRH PRINCE LONKHOKHELA (ENPF CEO)
  7. MR. SIBUSISO NHLEKO (MTN ACTING CEO)
  8. MR. SAM ESSAH (BUILT IT CEO)
  9. MR. ZAKHELE LUKHELE (ESWATINI BANK CEO)
  10. MS. FIKILE NKOSI (NEDBANK CEO)
  11. MR. ANDREW LE ROUX (MONTIGNY MD)
  12. MR. DENNIS MBINGO (FNB MD)
  13. MS. JABULILE MASHWAMA (EWSC MD)

Princess Lindiwe further announced the 26th of April 2019 as the official date for the celebration of the King’s 51st Birthday which will be held in the Northern Hhohho region at Buhleni Royal Residence. She said the postponement from 19th April is forced by the clatter with celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Official Logo for His Majesty's King Mswati III 51st Birthday

Over and above she unveiled logo for the birthday with theme, “VUKA NGWANE SAKHE UMNOTFO”, and advised business and individuals to use it sparingly for the sole purpose of the 51st birthday. The minister pronounced that the Logo will be availed to anyone through formal request from the ministry of home affairs.

The appointed chairman Dr Phil Mnisi speaking after the announcement thanked the Minister and His majesty’s Government for entrusting them with the assignment of coordinating national support towards the 51st birthday. He stated that appeals for contributions from business across the country. Mnisi said participation could be through three methods:

  1. Financial contributions
  2. Donations in kind
  3. Sponsorship of certain items of the event

Individuals willing to make contributions and donations can contact the secretariat of the committee on +268 7650 5151 or +268 2411 7605 to register their pledge. Contributions are classified according to financial value and will carry a deserving recognition during the event:

Platinum – E500 000.00 and above

Gold – E250 000 .00 – E499 999.00

Silver – E100 000.00 – E249 999.00

Bronze – E50 000.00 – E100 000.00

Dr Mnisi announced that financial contributions can be directly deposited into a dedicated Government bank account which holds monies specifically for hosting the celebration. Details of the account are as follows:

Bank:                                  STANDARD BANK

Account Name:                    RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Account no:                        9110002365661

Brach:                                Mbabane Branch

Branch code:                      663164

SWIFT:                               SBICSZMX

For media queries contact:

Mlandvo A. Dlamini
Ministerial Communications Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Cell: +268 7606 3938

 

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Minister for Home Affairs HRH Princess Lindiwe at a press briefing in Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini

At the Ministry of Home Affairs Headquarters in Mbabane, Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe announced that the King and Ingwenyama of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Mswati III has blessed Wednesday April 17, 2019 for birthday gifts presentation. The presentation ceremony will be held at Lozitha Royal Palace beginning from 1400hrs. The Minister further encouraged all Emaswati to seize the opportunity and bring forth gift to the King as a sign to show loyalty and appreciation for the Monarch.

His Majesty King Mswati III will be turning 51 years old on the 19th of April 2019 and the birthday celebration will be held at Buhleni Royal Residence in the Northern Hhohho Region on the 26th of April 2019. Her Majesty the Indlovukazi and the entire royal household is expected to join the Eswatini nation in celebrating His Majesty King Mswati III 51st birthday.

For media queries contact:

Mlandvo A. Dlamini
Ministerial Communications Officer
Ministry of Home Affairs
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Cell: +268 7606 3938

 

BUGANU CEREMONY THIS WEEKEND - BUHLENI ROYAL RESIDENCE

The Eswatini nation will be heading to Buhleni Royal Residence in the northern Hhohho region this weekend for the annual Buganu Ceremony.

Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe announced that Lutsango Regiment is expected to converge at the Royal residence on Friday with the Buganu. The minister called upon regiments to stick to the dress code and wear orange cotton Lihiya on Suturday and Red cotton Lihiya on Sunday. Speaking at Ludzidzinini Royal Residence she advise Lutsango not to wear colourful clothing.

The Ngwenyama His Majesty King Mswati III, Her Majesty the Indlovukazi and (warriors) emabutfo are expected to join regiments in a jovial song and dance in celebration of the Buganu wine, throughout the weekend. The Ministry of Home Affairs through National Events and Celebrations department invite people from all corners of the Eswatini Kingdom, International guests from neigbouring countries and abroad to attend the celebration.

For Media Queries contact:

Mlandvo A. Dlamini

Ministerial Communications Officer

Ministry of Home Affairs

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cell: +268 7606 3938

 

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