The Tinkhundla concept of government has its roots in the Second World War, led by Prince Dabede of Gundvwini Royal Residence and Ndvuna Mfundza John Brightwell Sukati of Zabeni Royal Residence. Veteran Swazi Soldiers, who came back from 1945 to 1946 from the Middle East. These soldiers spent sometime with His Majesty King Sobhuza II, relating their experiences gained along the sea shores of the African Continent during the British Military campaign from the Durban Sea Port to Tripoli in North Africa. They recommended that in order for the economy of Swaziland to recover from ravages of the war, community centers (Tinkhundla) should be established and rally support for the King’s endeavors to bring about proportional development of the country. Also this would strengthen and enhance national safety and security strategies.
In 1977 King Sobhuza II elected Delimitation Commission came up with a recommendation of twenty two (22) Tinkhundla centres. The first Tinkhundla established were headed by Tindvuna teTinkhundla which were all ex-soldiers (umsizi) appointed by His Majesty King Sobhuza II.
In 1979 Tinkhundla centers were increased from twenty two (22) to fourty (40) because it was realized that most people fail to attend and participate Tinkhundla meetings. In 1993 the Tinkhundla centres were further increased to fifty five (55) following recommendations of the Delimitation Commission that was appointed by His Majesty King Mswati III. This commission was a result of people’s views during consultative commissions (Vuselas), which were led by Prince Masitsela, Prince Mahlalengangeni and Prince Guduza.
By the year 2022, the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development through the Implementation of the Constitution of Swaziland will be the leader in effective and efficient service delivery as well as people driven socio- economic development and good governance.
The Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development is committed to the attainment of Good Governance at National, Sub-National/Regional and Local/Tinkhundla levels and creating an enabling environment for Regional Development, effective co-ordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of service delivery for Tinkhundla Administration.
Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration & Development