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STATEMENT BY THE RT HON. PRIME MINISTER

AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE VISIT TO NERCHA HEADQUARTERS

NERCHA OFFICES, MBABANE

THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2019

 

Chairman and members of the NERCHA Council
NERCHA Director
Management and staff
Members of the media

Good morning
It gives me great pleasure to be with you here at the NERCHA premises on this day. I appreciate the enlightening brief I have been afforded in my tour of these offices.
The achievements that have been realized in the HIV and AIDS response are self evident and I remain humbled by the great strides the country has made over the years. From a dark and bleak period, the country has defied all odds by reducing the HIV incidence by almost half.
This is a big milestone which is now the marvel of the world. It is a true sign of the resilience of Emaswati when facing a common challenge. We never lose hope.
These achievements are a result of the strong partnership between Government, communities, civil society, the church as well as the generosity of our development partners working in collaboration with NERCHA as the coordinator. Against the backdrop of these successes, the country has boldly set a target of an AIDS free Country by 2022. To achieve this vision, we need to sustain the gains already achieved and work tirelessly to focus all efforts on Vision 2022. This is not yet time to celebrate but to accelerate the response.
Enrolling people on ART, after they test positive has undoubtedly played a significant role in halting the progression from HIV to AIDS for many, thus reducing the number of AIDS related deaths. The treatment cascade must be accelerated to reach the set target of 95:95:95, that is, to have 95% of those living with HIV know their status, 95% of those who know their status on treatment and 95% of those in treatment virally suppressed, as stated in the National Strategic Framework (NSF) on HIV and AIDS 2018-2023.
Concerted efforts must be made towards the prevention of new HIV infections, thus ensuring that the large majority of persons who are HIV negative maintain their negative status. This requires the strengthening of prevention measures, particularly interventions targeting young people and men among whom high HIV incidence is found. It calls for the scaling up of new innovative interventions in prevention.
I take this time to urge NERCHA and her partners to continue being vigilant in expanding their reach to communities, especially rural areas where a majority of Emaswati live. NERCHA has to ensure that HIV services reach all people across the country. Communities themselves have a duty to strengthen their role in responding to HIV and AIDS especially in improving access to services through demand creation.
The NSF has themed this era of the response as the “The last mile”. In any race, the last mile is always the toughest lap. This holds true in the case of the HIV response. I implore you to increase the pace and not allow exhaustion to take over. There is no room for surrender.
In the process of scaling up efforts to curb new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths, there will be tough decisions to be made. While this will be beneficial in the long term, it may seem radical and uncomfortable in the short term. At a time when the country is facing fiscal challenges it is important that resources afforded every project are used accordingly. I am encouraged by the manner in which NERCHA has managed its grants. I am advised the country has one of the best performing grants in the region. This is commendable and worth accolades.
Once again, may I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the NERCHA Council, management and staff for the sacrifice and hard work you have made in the HIV response over the years. Thank you for the warm welcome here today and for all the valuable information you have shared with me.
Together we can meet our targets as a country and turn every difficult situation to a resounding success. We have no other alternative but to work towards total control of the epidemic by 2022.
Thank you.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE 4th INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

ROYAL SWAZI CONVENTION CENTRE, EZULWINI

THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2019

Your Royal Highnesses
Honourable Ministers
Dr Molapo, the President of I CAN Leadership Africa
Chairman of African Media Holdings, Mr Lenny Naidoo
Director of AMH, Attorney Reg Thomas
Distinguished Speakers
Captains of Industry
Senior Government officials
Sponsors
I CAN Leadership Eswatini staff
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is my honour, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to join you all this morning for the first day of the 4th industrial revolution leadership seminar.

May I take this opportunity to appreciate this initiative and opportunity presented by I CAN Leadership, Africa of opening a conversation about the role of leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and for putting together a host of exciting and proficient speakers who will share invaluable knowledge over the two days.

This is an exciting yet challenging time not only for Eswatini but the world. The fourth industrial revolution marked by unparalleled technological advancement is bringing to the fore a lot of positives for human development and, in extension, opening up a plethora of options and opportunities for the future economic and social development of all nations.

This is a time when most businesses are revolving to be entirely technology driven and where data is king, allowing executives and managers to make smarter and faster choices than ever before. It is a time when business models are fast changing from simply selling products and services to creating relationships with customers by personalizing these products and services to suit individual consumers, a time when on-time service is no longer an option but a requirement to stay in business.

However, such technological innovation and creativity bring with it some ethical and moral concerns. It also brings anxiety about the future and security of jobs as several studies have indicated that millions of careers will be redundant by the year 2030 because of the advancing technology brought by, among others, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones and automation.
Finding the right balance is without doubt essential in ensuring that our people derive maximum benefit from the advent of the 4th industrial revolution.

The role of transformational leadership, therefore, cannot be over emphasized as we navigate the wave of technological evolution in the midst of a generation of tech savvy individuals. We need to develop the models of leadership that provide space for innovation and creativity to blossom in the work place, a leadership that can motivate and nurture others in a way that spurs business growth and creates new jobs and opportunities.

Consequentially, the 4th industrial revolution needs leaders that will promptly identify the trends that may disrupt their business models and processes, who will work in haste to exploit opportunities provided by emerging technologies to increase productivity and growth while not falling victim to lack of strategic planning in a highly paced environment of ever-changing technology.

This applies not only to business leaders but to Government as well. The 4th industrial revolution brings changes to national economies and social services such as health, education and training. Governments in collaboration with businesses have to be at the forefront of determining the new set of job skills needed in the current environment to avoid unnecessary job losses.

The seminar comes at a time when Government is re-strategizing and re-engineering its processes to help streamline the economy of Eswatini and place resources where they will offer maximum impact in changing the lives of Emaswati. We will soon launch a new strategic roadmap that provides the necessary guidelines to achieve higher economic growth and stability.

The pillars that will drive our strategy for the next five years include ICT, agri processing, manufacturing, mining and tourism. The aim is to provide a fertile environment for business start-ups, growth and sustainability, to increase our revenue base to avoid concentration risk, and to curb unnecessary expenditure by ensuring that resources are directed only to those areas with the potential to positively impact the economy.

Cabinet has mandated the Ministry of Information, Technology and Communication (ICT) to strengthen the National System of Innovation in the Kingdom. This includes the development and review of Science, Technology and Innovation policies and strategies to help create a conducive environment for Research & Development and fully operationalize the Royal Science and Technology Park.

Programme Director, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to see the positive attendance to this leadership seminar. This forum provides sufficient ground for leaders in the different spheres of our society to learn, embrace and be pro active in addressing the needs of the next generation of leaders. My gratitude goes to the sponsors of this event who include EON, the Carson group, Sun International and Watermen. They have, indeed, presented themselves as true partners in the evolution and development of our people and society.

I take this time to wish all of you a productive two-days of deliberations, leadership and digital empowerment. I look forward to receiving a full report on the outcomes and recommendations of this seminar.

It gives me pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare the 4th Industrial Revolution Leadership Seminar for the Kingdom of Eswatini officially open.

Thank you. May God bless us all.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON. PRIME MINISTER

AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE LAUNCH OF THE TINKHUNDLA INSURANCE BY UNITED HOLDINGS LIMITED

GEORGE HOTEL, MANZINI

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH 2019

 

Honourable Ministers
Speaker of the House of Assembly
Honourable Members of Parliament
United Life Assurance Board of Directors
United Life Assurance Management and staff
Regional Secretary
Senior Government Officials
Members of the Media
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen
Sanibonani

It is my honour to be a witness of this all important partnership between His Majesty’s Government and the United Life Assurance company this morning.
I am particularly pleased to see the private sector partnering with Government to offer much needed services to our people across Eswatini. A thriving private sector remains at the centre of national development and is vital to the overall realization of economic growth and social stability. It plays a leading role in helping government conquer poverty and care for the needy members of our society.
Today’s event is historically a first for both our Constituencies and communities in the Kingdom, evidently showcasing the miles we can walk and conquer together as government and business in changing the lives of our people. It is a stark reflection of the generosity of a company that fully identifies itself with the communities which it serves and derives its existence and sustenance.
I wish to applaud United Life Assurance for the benevolence extended to our 59 Tinkhundla in the form of a funeral cover worth E5.9 million. It could not have come at a better time when a number of destitute citizens are struggling to bury their loved ones with the dignity they deserve.

It has been said that death is like a thief that creeps up unexpectedly and, in most times, without notice leaving a lot of families devastated and unable to make ends meet. It comes with the expense of having to provide a decent burial for a loved one which increases despair and unbearable pain to the bereaved.
In some instances, very young children are left with the burden of burying their parents or siblings, yet they have no source of income to afford it. This has been witnessed in child headed families following the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS. These children have to bear the pain of losing a breadwinner while facing the unenviable task of laying them to rest under trying circumstances.
It is for this reason that this ground breaking insurance cover, provided by the United Life Assurance company is most welcome as it serves to lift the weight of unexpected financial responsibility from the shoulders of our destitute members of society across all Constituencies.
We can all bear testimony of many instances when community members, including Members of Parliament have had to mobilise their own resources to help destitute families provide a dignified send off for their relatives. I take this opportunity to thank Emaswati for maintaining the spirit of unity and extending a helping hand to fellow citizens in times of need, especially during bereavement.
I am glad to learn that this insurance cover will be offered to 20 people from each of the 59 Constituencies, benefiting 1180 citizens across the country. Spread over 60 months, each person will be covered to the value of E5000.
This is a significant amount that surely lessens the load that comes with the unfortunate incident of a loved one’s passing.
I appeal to Community Leaders, Members of Parliament and Tinkhundla Councils to work in unity in identifying the most deserving recipients to ensure that this assistance is directed to the appropriate families in accordance with the terms and objectives of the partnership. The sustainability of this partnership depends on effective, timely and transparent distribution of the cover.
On behalf of His Majesty’s Government I once again take this opportunity to thank United Life Assurance for extending a helping hand to the needy and for agreeing to partner with Government in this project. The company has a strong and expansive social responsibility programme which has allowed it to impact more communities over the years. I have no doubt that by embracing communities, United Life Assurance will derive more value for their service and Emaswati will rally behind the company’s success.
We hope and pray that this partnership will be sustained and expanded for years to come giving it latitude to reach more people and benefit many more Emaswati. Similarly, we urge other companies to emulate this remarkable gesture by partnering with Government to bring services and assistance to our people throughout the country.
It gives me great pleasure to declare the Tinkhundla Funeral Insurance Cover officially launched.
Siyabonga. May God bless us all.

 

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER
AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI
AT THE HANDING OVER OF A CARAVAN PROCURED BY MVA FUND FOR POLICE MANNING MALAGWANE COOLING STATION
AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, MBABANE
MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019

 

Honourable Ministers
Chief Executive Officer of Sincephetelo MVA Fund and staff
Acting National Police Commissioner and all Police present
Senior Government officials
Representative of Mbabane West Inkhundla
Members of the media
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to be a witness of this momentous event, the handing over of a Caravan facility and an assortment of traffic policing equipment to the Royal Eswatini Police Service, courtesy of the Sincephetelo MVA Fund.

The handing over of the fully equipped, top of the range Caravan and accompanying equipment to be used by Traffic Police officers deployed at the Malagwane Traffic Cooling Station, is the latest form of benevolence to be extended by the MVA Fund to the Police Service. Sincephetelo MVA Fund has a long history of support for programmes that are broadly aimed at strengthening road safety in the country, for which we are grateful.

Over the years, the Royal Eswatini Police Service has been among the biggest recipients of the Fund’s generosity. Inclusive of the Caravan and the other equipment to be commissioned today, the Sincephetelo MVA Fund has spent over E1.5Million, to bolster traffic policing in the country.

This is a very substantial investment, by any standard, to have been made by the MVA Fund towards assisting His Majesty’s Government in ensuring that levels of road safety are kept at the highest possible level. Without doubt, Sincephetelo MVA Fund is a true and valuable strategic partner to Government.
The company’s commitment to leveraging road safety interventions is especially commendable as road safety is pivotal to the success of His Majesty’s Government’s forthcoming strategic roadmap whose main focus, is creating an environment that is conducive for business growth and investment, and efficient public service delivery.

The key thrust of this Strategy is expanding private sector growth to broaden the country’s revenue base, through widening the corporate tax net and creating wealth and employment, among other socio-economic outputs. A viable and safe road network is an indispensable element for ease of moving commodities to markets, the movement of employees to and from work, as well as ensuring that production implements are delivered timely.

The rapid movement and timely deliveries of commodities to markets and processing inputs to enterprises of source, is very vital in the business sphere, as it is one environment that is stringent on sticking to set time-frames and deadlines.

 

Other than the smooth flow of business interaction, citizens rely, to a larger extent, on a safe and reliable road network to access essential social services such as health and education.

His Majesty’s Government is encouraged by reports that show that the spate of accidents, especially those involving heavy haulage vehicles, has been dramatically reduced since the setting up of the Cooling Station at the crest of the Malagwane Hill. This is a positive development, especially as this stretch of road is the major conduit between the country’s two biggest cities, as well as being the most utilized gateway to the Matsapha industrial and manufacturing hub.

As the traffic officers manning the Station will now be working in a more conducive environment, I believe they will be motivated as they go about their duties, creating an environment that will see a further reduction of accidents. Our roads should remain safe at all times, and one life lost is one too many. I take this opportunity to congratulate the commitment of the Royal Eswatini Police Service for ensuring public safety and the protection of our citizens and visitors.

On such an occasion, in my capacity as Minister for Police Affairs, I find it appropriate to encourage Traffic officers to always be courteous as they discharge their duties on the roads. Officers should consistently keep it in mind that they are the most visible first point of contact for investors seeking to set up businesses in the country as well as tourists visiting the Kingdom.

As they interact with people on the roads, they must always strive to leave a positive impression about the Kingdom of Eswatini to all categories of our visitors and road users. Similarly, I implore drivers to take matters of their own safety and the safety of other road users to the heart. Respecting road rules is not simply a measure to avoid police fines or arrest, but a safety requirement that should be a norm even when no police officer is in sight.

In conclusion, may I once again extend my gratitude to the Board and Management of Sincephetelo MVA Fund, for the generous support to our Police Service. May other entities emulate this good example, by partnering Government to boost the safety and security of all Emaswati.

On behalf of His Majesty’s Government, it gives me great pleasure to officially launch the Malagwane Cooling Police Station and Commission the use of the Malagwane police Caravan.

Thank you. May God bless us all.

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