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GOVERNMENT PRESS STATEMENT NO 19 OF 2017

 

BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

 

DR B.SIBUSISO DLAMINI

 

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2017/18

 

THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER 2017

 

It is my honour on behalf of His Majesty, the King and Her Majesty the Queen Mother to address the Nation as we approach Christmas of 2017 and New Year of 2018.

The celebration of Christmas is the climax of the Christian year when those of the Christian faith remember, and thank God for, the birth of Jesus Christ. This time of the year is also a festive season for millions of others with different religious beliefs.

It should, for all, be a time of joy and celebration but it will not be so, because life is not perfect like that. So I ask those of us able to enjoy a Christmas of being with family, enjoying fine cooking and exchanging gifts, to spare a thought for the poor, the sick and the lonely. And, wherever possible, translate kind thoughts into generous deeds. Do not wait to be asked. Look for the opportunity to give to the less-advantaged. Let me assure you that there is a deep and lasting satisfaction in the act of giving.

And I ask that the same degree of consideration for others be extended to personal behaviour on the roads of the Kingdom. The message is short – do not drink and drive. And, even if you respect that request, do not consider it gives a licence to drive dangerously. A vehicle driven irresponsibly is a potentially lethal weapon and equivalent to moving around with a loaded gun. Breaking the law will be dealt with in no uncertain manner by our Royal Swaziland Police Service, a section of our security services that will be especially vigilant over the festive season. I take the opportunity to thank those officers and other members of essential services for their personal sacrifice in working in the holiday period.

That period of celebration will quickly extend into what is now known as the “crossover” as we enter the new year of 2018. It will be a highly significant year which will include the 50:50 celebration. I feel confident that what His Majesty will consider one of the greatest gifts to receive from his people is the commitment to continuing peace and stability in a spirit of hard work and collaboration.

We look forward to this year’s iNcwala ceremony and express our best wishes for a successful and enjoyable occasion as we celebrate one of our most important traditional events.

It remains for me, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to wish the entire Nation a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thank you.       

 

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