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STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

 

AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

 

AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE CLEAN ESWATINI CAMPAIGN

 

 NHLANGANO

 

THURSDAY 11 JULY 2019

 

Bantfwabenkhosi,

Bobabe Tikhulu,

Deputy Prime Minister,

Cabinet Ministers,

Regional Administrator,

Members of both Houses of Parliament,

Excellencies members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Mayors and Councillors,

Senior Government officials,

CEOs,

Captains of Industry,

Members of the Media,

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen;

It is my honour to join the people of Nhlangano and the entire Shiselweni region on this day where the Nation launches the Clean Eswatini Campaign.

This campaign is a long term strategic vision of Government in pursuit of a clean and greener Eswatini. We are here today because of the environment, our common shared responsibility, at National level, Regional level and most importantly, in our local communities as well.

All of us have a right to a clean environment, the right to environmental protection and to live in an environment that is not harmful to our health and our well-being. This is a fundamental Constitutional right. This right underpins the Environment Management Act of 2002 (EMA) as well as other subsidiary legislation, including the Waste Regulations of 2000 and Litter Regulations of 2011.

Government has a responsibility to put in place appropriate measures that seek to minimise waste generation and ensure that where waste is generated, measures for re-use, recycle and recover in an environmentally sound manner are put in place before safe treatment and disposal.

The Environment Management Act calls upon citizens to avoid generating waste, but where such cannot be avoided, there should measures to minimise its toxicity and promote re-use, recycle and resource-recovery. These measures are done in the context of achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns which is goal 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Shifting towards a resource trajectory is more relevant now as our country strives to promote green economy initiatives and move towards a circular economy model. This calls for strategies at all levels, including at the community level, to free our cities, towns and villages from waste.

It is a sad reality that we have littered our environment in spite of all the legislative measures in place.  This reality has harmfully impacted our health, environment and the economy. Poor waste management as a result of littering and illegal dumping provides breeding ground for pests and diseases that have a negative health impact on both humans and livestock. It is also unsightly and can affect our tourism sector including our wildlife. In addition, litter results in blockages of storm-water drains thereby leading to unnecessary floods as well as contamination of our water sources, hence the need to take action now.

The economic value and contribution of the waste sector has been largely under-utilised with only a minimum percentage of our waste recycled in the country. We are therefore missing out on the potential rewards of recycling, such as improved quality of lives and jobs.  With a growing population, our municipalities will soon run out of space for waste disposal. It is crucial therefore that we devise innovative ways of re-using, recycling and recovering our waste and up-cycle it to increase its value.

Government’s Strategic Roadmap focuses, among others, on facilitating a vibrant private sector that will stimulate economic growth and recovery.

This is an opportunity for businesses to tap into the waste management space to create value products and jobs. Among the key growth sectors identified by our Strategic Roadmap are Education and ICT, Mining and Energy. Some of the waste that is littering our country can be converted into energy through technology and innovation. Industries have a role to play by exploiting low hanging fruits, so to speak, such as waste streams that could easily be up-cycled to high value goods like car tyres.

Today, I challenge all Emaswati to turn the tide and adopt waste management principles. This begins with behavioural change. We should recognise that littering is an environmental crime. All municipalities and towns are encouraged to initiate measures for waste separation at source. That is a service that is way overdue and, as such, prevents hundreds of Emaswati from playing their part in waste minimisation.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, mobilising the population for the clean-up campaign has not been an easy task. I am grateful to all our strategic partners, including the private sector, for their contribution towards this launch. The first step towards achieving the objective of a clean Eswatini is by declaring cleaning up the country as a national exercise.

It is for that reason that today we are announcing that the last Saturday of every month from 8:00 am to 10:00 am is from now dedicated as a national clean-up time.

All Emaswati are expected to clean their spaces, all public areas, their surroundings places of work, religious, educational, recreational, residential premises, vending sites, car parks, and road servitudes. It should be the duty of every citizen to clean their environment.  Cooperation and collaboration is essential in fulfilling this endeavour. As the African proverb says “if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together”, companies should invest in their surrounding communities while community members should dedicate their time and energy to make their environment clean. That is the only way we can sustain this initiative.

I therefore place this exercise directly to Municipalities and traditional leaders. You should be champions of the exercise and be agents of change. Mobilise your communities and your wards to embrace this exercise and lead by example. The long-term benefits are worth the time and the effort. My gratitude goes to all companies that have pledged to support this initiative. I further challenge more companies, institutions and organisations to come forth and support the initiative to ensure its sustainability. Environmental sustainability is within our reach and it all starts with us today.

In essence, by protecting our environment and keeping Eswatini clean, we would have made remarkable strides in realizing the objectives of our Strategic Roadmap. A clean environment protects our agricultural produce and boosts tourism, all key sectors identified by our Roadmap.

This campaign also provides the necessary impetus for businesses to strive and spread to new ventures, thus boosting infrastructure investment and innovation as part of Government’s priority themes.

On behalf of His Majesty’s Government, I hereby officially launch the Clean Eswatini Campaign.

As a symbol of recognising the clean Eswatini campaign, I take this time to also launch the Eswatini Ribbon. This ribbon symbolises the country’s commitment to cleaning and greening our environment. It is a symbol of partnership and collaboration towards a litter free country. Companies that support this initiative, either financially or with cleaning material, will be recognised or awarded with the Clean Eswatini Token.

I am therefore throwing a challenge to all companies to rise and be counted, and we will soon have Clean Eswatini Champions. To all of you gathered here today, by honouring this invitation to attend this launch, you have already demonstrated your commitment to cleaning and greening the country. All of you are now therefore, the friends of the Clean Eswatini Campaign.

Thank you. Let’s keep Eswatini clean, and may the Almighty God bless us all.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON. PRIME MINISTER,

AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE LAUNCH OF ESWATINI NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN

AT MAVUSO TRADE CENTRE

 FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2019

Your Royal Highnesses

Chiefs

Cabinet Ministers

Regional Administrator

Members of both Houses of Parliament

Acting National Commissioner & all Police officers present Senior Government Officials,

Captains of Industry from partnering Stakeholders in this campaign  - EPTC,EEC,EWCS, MTN Eswatini, ER, RSSC, ILLOVO

Members of the community with the city of Manzini

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

May I on behalf of His Majesty’s Government and in my capacity as Minister Responsible for Police Affairs express my sincere gratitude to all stakeholders present here today.

This event has been organized to galvanize our efforts in the fight against the theft of copper wire, which has become a cause of concern and could rightly be declared a national challenge. Your presence in your various capacities, in particular parastatals and business entities who fall victim through incurring losses due to theft of copper cable (that is, EPTC, EEC, EWCS, MTN Eswatini, ER, RSSC, ILLOVO), bears testament of your commitment and resolve to bring an end to this phenomenon.

Victory against any form of criminality can only be achieved when law enforcement agencies such as the Police work in close partnership and collaboration with the public, which is what is propagated by the chosen slogan for this campaign “come let us join hands, copper theft is a crime”

Copper cable theft is an enemy of progress in any jurisdiction, and decisive actions need to be taken to halt the scourge which continues to undermine economic growth and development. It destabilizes operations that affect many economic activities, especially the provision of essential services such as communications services, utilities (electricity, water) as well as transport like railway infrastructure. 

The threat does not only affect financial and essential services but also has a direct impact on the safety of citizens. For instance, the health sector has life sustaining equipment and medical operations which rely heavily on guaranteed electricity supply. Disconnections due to the theft of copper cable could result in disruption of medical procedures thus complicate the health of patients and eventually lead to the loss of life.

Also bearing the brunt of copper cable theft are consumers as service providers are forced to hike tariffs in order to recover losses incurred in repairing and replacing stolen copper wire. The theft of copper cable is opposed to the spirit of the recently launched Strategic Road Map 2018-2023 for the Kingdom of Eswatini, which seeks to drive economy recovery for the country, through creating an enabling environment for Emaswati, investors and strategic partners to thrive.

One key sector of the economy that has been identified as a key growth thematic area in the recently launched Strategic road map is Information Communication Technology (ICT) which heavily relies on the use of copper cables. We should all come together to counter this criminality which poses a great potential of stifling ICT development. 

His Majesty’s Government is committed to nipping out this activity through introducing the following measures:-

  1. Comprehensive Legislative framework – we will be piloting for the development of an all-inclusive legislative framework that will have stiffer sentences to ensure that perpetrators are deterred.
  2. Classification of theft of copper cables and non-ferrous metals – noting that the theft of copper cables is perpetrated by organized syndicates and poses safety and security threats. Government will classify this criminality as a prioritized crime.
  3. Setting up of Task Commissions - Government will also establish a Non Ferrous Metal Crime Combating Committee that will be comprised of selected Line Ministries (ICT, Natural Resources), the Police as well as affected stakeholder groups. This Committee will be an oversight body and will be tasked to devise strategies and plans for a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle this challenge, rather than working in silos or fragmented groups.

All these approaches are in line with declaring war against perpetrators of this unacceptable criminal activity. True to the chosen theme of the Campaign which is raising a standard in combating copper theft and other non-ferrous metals, may I also appeal to the nation to heighten vigilance and join hands in curbing this criminality from community level.

Raising the standard means as a nation we ought to adopt a zero tolerance approach to fighting syndicates involved in the theft of nonferrous metals.  We also appreciate the various platforms that have been created by the Police and affected stakeholders, and hope this will extend to the rolling out of public awareness and dialoguing countrywide to come up with pragmatic solutions.

May I take this opportunity to advise scrap metal dealers and pawn shop owners, to desist from receiving stolen copper wire.

As I conclude my remarks, may I on behalf of His Majesty’s Government once again thank all of you for the support you have shown in today’s event. May the messages relayed today by the various speakers, reverberate countrywide and bring a positive change in the criminal landscape, because, with a safer the country we will be able to achieve our economic renewal strategies.  

 

 

The Prime Minister H.E the Right Hourable  Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini launched the new National Industrial Development of Swaziland (NIDCS).

He calls for total commitment in the wake of the current unbecoming economic situation in the kingdom. He was speaking at the Sibane hotel.

Hon. Minister launches E320 000 MTN Basketball Sponsorship

14 June 2019

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga today launched a E320 000 sponsorship from Eswatini MTN to the Eswatini National Basketball Association.

The launch, marking the third year of the partnership between the Association and MTN, was held at the company’s Headquarters in Ezulwini. The E320 000 package is a E20 000 increase from last year’s sponsorship and will, amongst other things, cover the Elite Men’s League, National Women’s League, Men’s Promotional League, National High School Championship as well as Wheelchair Basketball.

Making his remarks at the launch, the Honourable Minister thanked MTN for partnering with sport.

“All these interventions by Eswatini MTN are a clear sign to us of the company’s unwavering commitment to playing a leading role in the development of not just the sporting industry but most importantly, the realisation of the country’s 2022 Vision. Sport has a big role to play in the realisation of that Vision. That is why as a Ministry we are working tirelessly towards the professionalisation of the industry because it is then that many EmaSwati will make a decent living out of sport while also contributing back to the economy. Now, for sport to become professional, we need the consistent support of partners and sponsors like Eswatini MTN,” Bulunga said.

Also present during the launch was MTN Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Oyuo Acheampong , the Director of Sports in the Ministry Lucky Sihlongonyane and Eswatini National Sport and Recreation Council CEO Darius Dlomo amongst others.

 

 

H.E the Rt. Hon Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini says Swaziland has to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge that can be harnessed to forge forward towards realizing the aspiration outline in Vision 2022. He was speaking at LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY HALL OF FAME.

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