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Regional Administration

Regional Administration is the second level of government after National Government, established by Section 82 (1) of the Constitution of Swaziland, 2005. It provides structures for national government to allocate resources in an efficient, effective and more equitable way to communities in the country. Regional Administration structures and Institutions are created to administer and co-ordinate socio-economic development in the respective regions through community-based initiatives specifically targeting at improving the standard of living of the people.

Before Independence, The Regional Administrators were known as District Commissioners. During that era, there were six regions; Pigg's Peak and Mankayane were regions on their own. New boundaries were formed, Pigg's Peak joined Hhohho region and Mankayane joined Manzini hence the current four regions which are Hhohho, Manzini, Shiselweni and Lubombo.

From 1967, the Swazi local administration took over from the British Colonial Government. Peter Helemisi Mtsetfwa, Ray Maphalala, Matsebula, Abby Mamba and Maqobolwane Mamba were some of the first District Commissioners during that era. The District Commissioners during that time were very important and recognized nationally.

From 1978, a delegation was sent to other countries to see how regions and national governments operated. Countries including Tanzania were visited by the delegation. What they found was that District Commissioners were Regional Administrators and Permanent Secretaries were called Principal Secretaries; Swaziland adopted these titles to conform to practice in the other part of Africa.

The Regional Administrator is a political figure who deals with political issues, under the Regional Administrator there is the Regional Secretary who is the secretary to the Regional Administrator and a senior civil servant in charge of Government administration issues and coordinate all regional development projects.

 

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

There are four Regional Administation offices, each headed by the Regional Administrator.

  • The Regional Administrator (RA) is appointed by His Majesty the King
  • The RA convenes and presides over meetings of chiefs from the region
  • The RA has the status of a Deputy Minister
  • The RA reports to His Majesty on issues of traditional leadership and to the Minister of Tinkhundla on developmental and general administration issues
  • The RA is the leader of all Government business in the region. All Government Ministries in the region report to him to enable effective coordination of development programs

Each region is under the directorship of the Regional Secretary who is the management head of the region.

FUNCTIONS AND REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION

  • Supervising, coordinating and facilitating the service delivery provided by all government Ministries and non-governmental Organizations from National level to Regions, Tinkhundla and Chiefdoms
  • Coordinating and facilitating the provision of office accommodation for all relevant government Ministries and NGOs at the Region and Tinkhundla Constituencies through consultation with relevant stakeholders and the national Government Ministries
  • Facilitating and monitoring political administration at Regional, Tinkhundla and Chiefdom levels
  • Facilitation of resolution of community conflicts and land disputes in the Chiefdoms
  • Facilitate, coordinate and monitor the collection of demographical data in the individual Inkhundla constituency and chiefdom level for national socio-economic planning
  • Facilitate and monitor the implementation of developmental projects provided by the Regional Development Fund, Empowerment Fund, Community Poverty Reduction Fund and other funds made available to the Regions, Tinkhundla and Chiefdoms for purposes of economic development at grassroots level
  • facilitate, coordinate and convey the Swazi nation to national events, gatherings/meetings held in the Royal Residences from all the Chiefdoms and Tinkhundla.

 

DUTIES OF THE RGIONAL SECRETARY

Responsibilities

The post reports administratively to the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development and politically to the Regional Administrator. Professionally, the position of Regional Secretary is linked to that of Director of Decentralization and is responsible for managing and overseeing decentralized service delivery and development management in the regions and in:

  1. Responsible for preparing and coordinating the budgets for the region according to priorities of the region
  2. Responsible for monthly financial reports on recurrent and capital projects in the region
  3. Responsible for the procurement and management of all equipment, facilities and transport facilities available for use by the region
  4. To serve as chairperson of all heads of public sector departments, NGOs and service organizations to review programmes and performance of each sector and ensure complementarity of the programmes in the region
  5. To serve as Secretary to the Regional Council (This is the highest political organ in the region)
  6. To serve as chairman of Community Poverty Reduction Fund (this is a technical committee which evaluates and appraises projects there after awards loans) to members of the public in the region
  7. To create and come-up with developmental innovations in the region to improve the standard of living of the Swazi citizen
  8. To serve as an administrative leader and coordinator of all heads of ministries in the regions
  9. To coordinate the development and implementation of the Regional Integrated development plans
  10. To supervise and monitor the disbursement of the Regional Development Fund, Empowerment Fund and Community Poverty Reduction Fund and submit quarterly financial report to the National Government (Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development and Ministry of Finance).

Duties

  1. To supervise regional staff including government staff at Tinkhundla centres
  2. To advise the Regional Administrator on government policy and on general issues that pertains to administration of the region
  3. To serve as secretary to the Regional Council of chiefs (This include socio-political development and security aspect of the region
  4. To recommend staff placement in the region
  5. Be responsible for the day to day performance of the administrative functions of the region and implementation of its decisions
  6. To supervise, monitor and coordinate the activities of Tinkhundla Constituencies in the region
  7. To coordinate and oversee implementation of government programs in the region
  8. To ensure and monitor efficient delivery of public services in the region
  9. To prepare monthly reports on all regional programmes including but not limited to development issues in the region, public service delivery in the region, national events, including celebrations or commemorations for review and direction by the Regional Administrator
  10. To perform all regional statutory functions including membership in bodies like farm dwellers tribunal, Master of the High Court functions, Liquor Licensing Board etc..

HHOHHO REGION



REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION:

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Prince Tshekedi: Office +268 2404 4713
REGIONAL SECRETARY:  Nonhlanhla Dlamini : Office +268 2404 0637  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MANZINI REGION

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION:

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Prince Gcokoma: Office    +268 2505 8654
REGIONAL SECRETARY:        Samkeliso Dlamini : Office +268 2505 8655 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



SHISELWENI REGION

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION:

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR:    Themba Masuku   Office  +268 2207 7384
REGIONAL SECRETARY:           Zwakele N.B.Dlamini    Office  +268 2207 7323 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LUBOMBO REGION


REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION:


REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR:  Sylvia Mthethwa        +268 2343 4400
REGIONAL SECRETARY:          Nhlanhla   Nxumalo: Office +268 2343 4410 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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