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.
There are four Regional Administation offices, each headed by the Regional Administrator.
Each region is under the directorship of the Regional Secretary who is the management head of the region.
FUNCTIONS AND REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION
DUTIES OF THE RGIONAL SECRETARY
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:
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Prince Tshekedi: Office +268 2404 4713
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Prince Gcokoma: Office +268 2505 8654
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Themba Masuku Office +268 2207 7384
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: Sylvia Mthethwa +268 2343 4400