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Minister Attends Ninth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi


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Hon. Minister flanked by EEC Managing Director and  Snr Energy Officer Mzwandile Thwala.

The Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Senator Peter Bhembe is attending the Ninth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which started on 10th – 13th January, 2019 taking place in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The Kingdom of Eswatini has been designated the position of Vice President of the 9th Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Recognising the continued growth in energy transformation, renewable energy is increasingly becoming the most competitive and reliable source of energy in many parts of the world for countries, regions, cities, businesses and individuals. The ongoing 9th session of the IRENA Assembly serves as a strategic global platform to discuss ways to accelerate renewable energy deployment at the national, regional and international levels. The assembly also presents an opportunity to take stock of progress made during the year of the IRENA work programme 2018-2019, and further provide guidance on how the IRENA can best support its Members in the context of the ongoing energy transformation.

During the 9th Assembly, the Honourable Minister will also participate in Ministerial Round tables focusing on “Scale-up Deployment of Renewable Energy in Africa, Catalysing Off-Grid Renewables Deployment towards Universal Access, and Solar Opportunities Developing Cities”.

IRENA has greatly assisted the Kingdom of Eswatini to develop enabling policies to support the development of the renewable energy sector. In 2014 IRENA supported the country in developing the Renewable Readiness Assessment (RRA) report and in 2017 Eswatini collaborated with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the Long-term Energy Planning capacity building programme and the development of Eswatini’s Energy Masterplan programme. The country has now produced an Energy Masterplan document which is a long term national energy planning document. This initiative has benefitted the country by building expertise on long-term energy planning, key energy statistics and energy planning tools.

The Energy Masterplan will guide Eswatini’s a transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as a quantitative base for planning the future energy sector development. It asses the future energy demand up to 2034. It promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of energy in particular renewable energy, including bio-energy, hydropower, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. All these goals are in-line with the country’s recently revised National Energy Policy, National Climate Change Policy, the National Development Plan as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan




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PS- Winnie Stewart with Senior Officials from the Ministry and the IRENA

“The development of the Energy Masterplan provides a roadmap to guide the energy sector towards an energy future with adequate, sustainable and reliable energy supplies that are environmentally friendly and competitively priced.” These were remarks made by the Principal Secretary (PS) Winnie Stewart during the launch of the Energy Masterplan at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre in Ezulwini.

Stewart said the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini was extremely grateful to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for their support in the development of the Eswatini Energy Masterplan. “IRENA has not only supported the development of the plan but also helped develop a new institutional capacity with regard to energy planning in the country.” The PS said.
The PS also highlighted that recently IRENA assisted the country in developing the Renewable Readiness Assessment (RRA) report, which is a key document for the development of the renewable energy sector. Stewart said it is evident that the partnership between the Ministry and IRENA is really bearing fruits in the Eswatini energy sector.

“The Kingdom of Eswatini is endowed with natural resources ranging from coal, biomass, solar, wind as well as hydro. These natural resource endowments call for a comprehensive and holistic long-term energy planning process. The development of the Energy Masterplan provides a roadmap to guide the energy sector towards an energy future with adequate, sustainable and reliable energy supplies that are environmentally friendly and competitively priced.” Said the PS.

Moreover, the PS highlighted that the Energy Masterplan was therefore developed by modelling the energy system to allow optimization of wide policy assessments that consider supply security, energy access, affordability, environmental impact and financial constraints.

Stewart further highlighted that the country has achieved great strides in increasing nationwide household access to electricity which currently stands at 78%. “It is noted however that the country still has a power generation deficit of about 70% which can be met by the use of domestically available energy resources, which is why the long-term energy planning process is imperative for the transformation and sustainable growth of the energy system of the Kingdom of Eswatini, the cost of addressing the needs of the power sector has been estimated to be at USD 44 million per year to USD 200 million by 2034.” She said.

The Energy Masterplan projects outcomes of the current and planned policies in the energy system to the year 2034 and shows comparative scenario results that assume deployment of diverse technologies and measures to meet the country’s energy demand which the private sector can use in their plans. The Energy Masterplan also provides a clear technology investment roadmap, an essential certainty to investors over a multi-decade time horizon.


“The Energy Masterplan presents a number of opportunities while also highlighting a number of real challenges that lie ahead over the years to come.” The PS said.

Stewart stated that Government will continue to work tirelessly to create an enabling environment to support private sector participation and investment in a sustainable energy future. “We therefore call upon project developers, investors, financiers and other key stakeholders to partner with Government in its quest to realise a sustainable energy future for the Kingdom of Eswatini.” Said Stewart.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) expressed its appreciation to the Government of Eswatini for the excellent collaboration. Speaking on behalf of IRENA, the Head of Regions Regions Gurbuz Gonul commended the country’s efforts in developing such a comprehensive and remarkable Masterplan for the energy sector.
Gonul mentioned that IRENA and Eswatini have a strong history of successful collaboration. “In 2015, we jointly launched the Swaziland Renewables Readiness Assessment that provided recommendations for improving the enabling policy, regulatory and institutional framework for boosting the renewable energy market through targeted measures.” He said.
Gonul further highlighted that On the project facilitation side, in 2017 IRENA supported the financial assessment of two solar PV sites (with a total capacity of 5.8 MW) that have been earmarked for project development. IRENA support for site appraisals was called upon for the analysis of 3 solar sites ahead of the August 2018 auctions in Eswatini, he added.

“These joint activities can all confidently be called remarkable progress on the way forward and we applaud the country for its strong focus on renewable energy development in recent years.” Said Gonul.

Gonul in conclusion complimented the remarkable work done by the national team who thrived on the energy planning trainings provided by IRENA with a solid team structure and intensive work schedule that spanned over 2 years that led to the development of a very robust analysis which is well articulated in the Masterplan document.


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Senator Peter Bhembe sworn in as Minister for Natural Resources and Energy.

"His Majesty has entrusted us with the responsibility to turn around the Eswatini economy, to foster unity of purpose and to leave no one behind towards attaining Vision 2022. We are called upon to shape the destiny of our country, to shine a light on sustainable development and to uplift the living standards of emaSwati through an all-inclusive, resilient and vibrant economy." These were the remarks made by the Hon. Prime Minister  Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini during the swearing-in ceremony of Cabinet Ministers at the Cabinet Offices today. Attorney General Sifiso Mashampu Khumalo directed the swearing in of all the cabinet Ministers.

The Prime Ministe reminded all Cabinet  Ministers on the need and importance of respecting and showing true allegiance to the Authorities of the Kingdom, the National Constitution and all emaSwati across the regions of the great nation. "The challenge is undoubtedly tough, the road looks rugged and steep and some may doubt the resolve of emaSwati to harness the endless opportunities at our disposal in the midst of an ailing economy. But no challenge is insurmountable, no path laden with unbreakable barriers." He further encouraged the Ministers. These colorful event also saw the swearing-in of the Hon. Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Senator Peter Bhembe. Senator Bhembe was sworn in alongside other cabinet Ministers. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy is honoured to have Senator Bhembe as Minister. Senator  Peter Bhembe  is former Managing Director  of Eswatini Water Services Cooperation (EWSC) and he has served the cooperation for many years as he joined EWSC as Managing Director in 1995. It is worth mentioning that EWSC is also a government parastatal for the very same Ministry. Previously he was Engineering Manager at Swaziland Breweries. Minister Bhembe has also held the position of Engineering Manager at GENCO (South Africa) and Emaswati Coal Mine (Swaziland). He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE); the International Water Association (IWA) and the IWA Strategic Council.

Hon. Minister Peter Bhembe possesses the following qualifications;

HND (Electrical Engineering); BEng (Electrical Engineering); MSAIEE; PGD (Human Resource Mngt)


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Senator Peter Bhembe sworn-in as Minister for Natural Resources & Energy.

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The Ministry of Natural Recources and Energy has officially launched the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Swaziland (LPGSASWA). Speaking at the official launch at mountain inn Hotel, Minister Jabulile Mashwama said it was the Ministry’s goal that by 2022 all citizens of Eswatini have access to modern energy solutions to enhance sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life, in line with the nation’s vision and development agenda.
“Increasing the use of liquefied petroleum gas is therefore one of the pathways of ensuring that the country meets its global and local commitments,” she said.

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group photo of the members of the association with Minister Jabulile Mashwama

Minister Mashwama, said this initiative aligns with global initiatives such as the sustainable energy for all initiative (se4all) and the Paris agreement on climate change, which are vigorously promoting universal access to clean, sustainable and modern energy solutions. “The kingdom of Eswatini is aligned and fully committed towards these initiatives,” she said.
The Minister highlighted that Government is committed in playing its role in creating an enabling environment for the increased uptake of clean fuels such as LPG in the country. “It is however crucial for all stakeholders, particularly the LPG suppliers who represent the private sector, to take a bold step and take the lead in this initiative,” she said.

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Minister Mashwama being shown how to operate a gas heater.            Chairman of the association Tony Coster explaing to the Minister. 



The Chairman of LPG Association Tony Coster said the newly formed association will educate the public on safe use of the LPG. Coster said the association will use the media among other platforms to educate the public. Coster said he has noted with concern the incidents of people who died while using LPG in the country. “It was long overdue forming the association and the public lacked awareness on uses of LPG,” He said.

Members of the Association:
Tony Coster - Chaiman
Lyle Levendale- Treasurer
Andre Botha- Secretary
Gordon Narayando- Member
Ayanda Motsa- Member



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