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His Majesty King Mswati III and the Eswatini Nation held National End of Year Prayer services at Mandvulo Grand Hall in Lozitha Royal Palace on Sunday.

The National Prayer held under the theme “God is our Strength and Refuge” derived from Psalms 28:7 was attended by Members of the Royal Household, The Hounarable Prime Minister Madvulo Dlamini, Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku, Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe, other Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Chiefs, Emabandla, Members of Parliament, top Government Officials, Pastors and Emaswati. Speaking at the prayer service The King thanked Pastors for praying for the Monarch and the entire Eswatini Nation.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

The Ingwenyama said what is impossible with men, is possible with God. He narrated on a passage in the Hold Bible where a 100 year old Abraham and 90 year old Sarah conceived and have a child. The whole world around, it is impossible for a 90 year old with a baby. Even Science cannot explain how this could happen but with God’s power, the impossible become possible. He urged Emaswati to come closer to God even in the midst of problems for this brings blessings. This is significant in that we are still united and peaceful as a nation even in the core of the country’s critical economic situation. This means God is with us, God is our refuge and that is why as a nation we are gathered here to thank him. The King added that it is important that as a Nation we must praise God because people that praise God receive miracles. They overcome challenges for what is impossible with men is possible with God.

The King also quoted a story where the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea. He said they did don’t know what they could do but eventually they crossed on dry ground. Those who walk with God shall never lack because He is their source when in dark and gloomy situation. The Ingwenyama said, the Israelites consulted with Moses who cried to God and he promptly responded. There is no mistake with God, he lead one in the right path “whatever red sea you need to cross, God is there with you. There is nothing impossible with God”.

SPEAK THE TRUTH ALWAYS

The King urged brethren not to deviate from the truth because by doing so they would bring curses upon themselves. The King touched on Joan story who disobeyed God’s calling to go to Nineveh instead went to Tarshish. The ordeal hunted Joan until he repented and was thrown out of the Ship saving everyone on board and himself. The King said people of God stay on the truth. Where one is expected to tell the truth, fear not to tell it. The truth shall give life and success.

Earlier pastor Nhlanhla Hlatjwako of Lobamba Revival Centre read the scripture in I Kings 23:3-23 and urged Emaswati to speak the truth. He said the truth has eroded in families, workplace, and government as well as in churches. He warned of false prophecies as a result of lying spirits and the true prophets of God being labeled as liars. Nhlatjwako emphasized that once the truth that is found in the word of God prevails, the country shall stand strong. He ended by pleading to all Emaswati no to bury the truth “ningalingcwabi liciniso”.

Other pastors who blessed congregants are pastor E Sihlabela who read the scripture in the book of II Samuels 7:1 and told the nation to respect and honour the King for he is ordained by God. The president of the Eswatini National Association of Visual Impaired Persons Pastor N Mthethwa read from Psalms 126:3 and Philipians 4:13 and said it is great to have a King. Through the thanks giving prayer service, Emaswati unitedly give God a smile and shame the devil and appreciated God for leading the nation up to this far.

The Hounarable Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe to leave Eswatini on Saturday 05 October 2019, for Switzerland (Geneva) where she will attend the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme (EXCOM).

The main purpose of the conference which begins from the 07th October 2019 and end 11th October 2019 is to review the High Commissioner’s Programme and look into other International concerns regarding refugees, displaced and stateless persons. The conference is an annual event and the officials through the head of the delegation, will be expected to give a report on the circumstances of asylum seekers and refugees at the conference as well as hold side meetings with the Africa Desk representative.

The event marks the mid-point of UNHCR’s # I Belong Campaign to End Statelessness by year 2024. Hence member states are expected to table voluntary pledges to take action to address statelessness in the remaining five years of the campaign. 

The Honourable Minister will be accompanied by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr. Nhlanhla Nxumalo, Commissioner for Refugees Inkhosikati Thandi Dlamini and Miss Zanele Mlambo, focal Point on Statelessness. The delegation is expected to return on Sunday 13th October 2019.

 

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Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with her South Africa counterpart, Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaled on Monday, 12 August 2019 at the Oshoek border post. The two are scheduled to continue discussing immigration issues affecting the two countries.

In the last meeting between the two countries back in April 2019, the main issues discussed were the re-establishment of formal dialogue mechanisms between the two countries, the extension of operating hours of the Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post to 24 hours as well as 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 on re-establishing formal dialogue mechanism on quarterly basis to ensue continuation of pending issues and addressing emerging concerns.

Princess Lindiwe’s will be accompanied by her colleague at cabinet, the Minister of Labour and Social Security Hon. Makhosi Vilakati and top government officials from Home Affairs and Labour.

Following the discussions, the Ministers will proceed to tour the Ngwenya/Oshoek Port of Entry to familiarize themselves with the movement of travellers and goods between the two countries. 

ACTIVITY: Bilateral Meeting of Eswatini and South Africa Ministers of Home Affairs

DATE: 12 August 2019

VENUE: South Africa, Badplass (Forever Resort) and Ngwenya/Oshoek Port of Entry

TIME: 1030hrs

 

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The Ministers of Home Affairs in South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the Kingdom of Eswatini, Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe, met to take forward discussion in areas of mutual interest which include safe and regular migration, trade and the 24 hour operation as well as One Stop Border Post at the Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post on Monday, 12 August 2019.

The meeting was a follow up to the meeting held on 12 April 2019 wherein the Ministers agreed to meet regularly. The two Ministers were joined by the honourable Ministers of Labour and Social Security Mr Makhosi Vilakati and Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Moses Vilakati from the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Also in attendance were 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 and the Revenue Service.

The SA Department of Home Affairs is scheduled to conclude consultations with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on the extension of operating hours by an hour which will see the Oshoek/Ngwenya operating from 06:00 instead of the current 07:00 starting time. The Eswatini Ministry of Home Affairs indicated that it was ready to extend the operating hours by an hour. The Port of Entry will continue to close at 00:00 while preparations for it to operate for 24 hours was agreed in principle pending finalisation of technical issues. Princess Lindiwe said the Ngwenya/Oshoek 24 hour operation is a top priority for His Majesty King Mswati III, the Prime Minister, and her colleagues at cabinet, parliament, business community and Emaswati.

The Oshoek/Ngwenya is the busiest Port of Entry between the two countries with more than two million traveller movements in each of the past five years and is the busiest land port, bigger than Bay Bridge for the SA Revenue Service accounting to R1.7 billion in revenue collection annually. The consistent traveller movements can be attributed to the cultural and tourism programmes introduced by the Kingdom of Eswatini during this period.

Minister Motsoaledi said increasing the operating time of the Port of Entry by an hour will boost trade in both countries and could have a positive impact on job creation because trucks would be cleared earlier than the current time. Supporting her counterpart Minister, Princess Lindiwe said this will allow Eswatini the leeway to also proportionally increase resources as they become increasing required.

Minister Motsoaledi also briefed his counterparts about progress in finalising the Border Management Authority (BMA) which will help improve the management of the border environment on the South African side and help to deal with porous borders by streamlining the agencies and laws applicable at the borders. Oshoek/Ngwenya is one of four ports of entry which have been identified for the pilot phase of the implementation of the BMA once legislation has been finalised. This Port of Entry has also been identified for infrastructure upgrade as part of the One-Stop Border Posts programme.

Minister Motsoaledi extended an invitation to Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe to visit the Government Printing Works (GPW) to see the capacity of the facility which prints high security documents. GPW last month signed a five-year agreement to print high security certificates for the Eswatini Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Both Ministers urged citizens of both countries to apply timeously for applicable permits required to visit each country either for tourism, trade or education to ensure that people coming into the countries are properly documented, and those already working illegal in the Republic of South Africa must make arrangements to acquire legal papers.

The Ministers also agreed to formalise all informal crossings to benefits both countries. Motsoaled made an example of one informal crossing that was formalise with Botswana.

The Ministers encouraged the border and immigration officials to continue with the monthly bilateral meetings and suggest that the discussions held be reported to the higher level quarterly meetings. Furthermore, they toured the port to monitor operations and also assess infrastructure ahead of the pilot phase of the Border Management Authority and the One-Stop Border Post.

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Mlandvo A. Dlamini
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Ministry of Home Affairs
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Siya Qoza, 082 898 1657 Spokesperson for the SA Minister of Home Affairs

David Hlabane, 071 342 4284, media manager for the SA Department of Home Affairs

On Friday afternoon in an annual general meeting of the Eswatini Conference of Churches 2019 at the George Hotel in Manzini, the Minister for Home Affairs Her Royal Highness Princess Lindiwe told religion leaders that supervision of religious bodies is a key portfolio responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Minister for Home Affairs HRH Princess Lindiwe address members of the Conference of Churches at the Gerge Hotel in Manzini

The Minister said that His Majesty’s government will ensure that it finalise legislation on the effective oversight and supervision of Churches and Non-Governmental Organisations. The legislation will help bring clear structure, accountability and effectiveness in the development of religious affairs and charitable activities in the kingdom. Princess Lindiwe called upon churches to affiliate with recognized Christian bodies such as Eswatini Conference of Churches, the League of Churches and the Council of Swaziland Churches. “It is imperative for one to account and affiliate with the already mentored structures” she said.

Additionally the Minister maintained that the Conference of Churches should be be pro-active and start reviewing its own oversight framework. This may include but not limited to areas such as the registration and accreditation of member churches and Pastors, financial accountability, leadership ethics and code of practice and proper resolution of disputes.

In closing Princess Lundiwe encouraged all Churches within the Kingdom of Eswatini to register and comply with the laws of the land. Furthermore, she asked Christians to continue praying for the country. “May I exhort the body of Christ to please continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of the nation as well as the success of the Strategic Roadmap for 2019-2023 that was launched on Monday by His Excellency the Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini.

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Ministry of Home Affairs
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