Elections and Boundaries Commission Chairman Chief Gija II sharing best practices of collecting data. Listening on is Director of Decentralization Thulani Mkhaliphi.


The Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development has started a collective-effort exercise with different development agencies to map, decode and store data in a platform which will enable easy accessibility.

Currently, there is no system in place to warehouse data so that it is easy and less costly to tell the development status of communities instantly because data is scattered all over in “silo” pockets.

The primary mandate of the Ministry is to coordinate and provide development support to regions, Tinkhundla and communities. Director of Decentralization in the Ministry Thulani Mkhaliphi, during a meeting for discussion by the different agencies held at Happy Valley Hotel, said the major requirement for effective coordination was easy access to data.

 Ministries and Development partners were invited to present on the format and type of data each had and further brainstormed how such development data might be shared and warehoused in a one stop “Tinkhundla Development Data” platform.

As an outcome of the workshop, a small technical committee comprising the under listed officers was elected to design the envisaged platform, collect data and report on the functionality of the “shared data platform”;

  1.  Mr. Thulani Mkhaliphi-(Chairperson) Director Decentralization-Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development
  2. Mr. Malangeni Gamedze-(Secretary) M&E Officer-Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development
  3. Ms. Thandi Dlamini-(Member) Statician-Ministry of Labour and Social Security
  4. Mr. Gcina Dlamini-(Member) Statician-Central Statistic Office
  5. Mr. Bongumenzi Dlamini (Member) Computer Technician-Computer Services Department
  6. Mr. Derrick Ndlangamandla (Member) Cartographer-Ministry of Agriculture
  7. Ms. Lomaqhawe Dlamini (Member) Senior Cartographer-Surveyor General
  8. Mr. Dumisa Dlamini (Member) Assets and GIS Manager- Swaziland Water Services Corporation
  9. Mr. Derrick Mahlambi (Member)Mapping Specialist-NERCHA
  10. Ms. Nonhlanhla Tsabedze (Member) Programme Officer; Service Delivery-Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development.



  • To break the development data “silos”.

  • To decode development data and store it in a format that will be accessible and understood by the least sophisticated data facilitator.

  • To create a dynamic platform to warehouse development data with appropriate systems to ensure data safety, credibility and continuous upgrading.

  • To share expertise, technology and all other necessary tools to design, launch and operationalise the envisaged platform.




This portfolio responsibility focuses on socio-economic development through proper regional development planning and co-ordination, empowerment and mobilisation of people at local level. The programme was established in order to bring about sound, comprehensive, balanced and integrated regional development and coordination.


Programme Objectives

  • To determine the social and economic development status for each region
  • To determine the nature and levels of social and economic development imbalances/gaps between and within regions
  • To determine the benefit incidence of public expenditure between and within regions
  • To recommend and develop specific evidence-based corrective and strategic interventions to address regional development imbalances as will have been identified
  • To establish sustainability mechanisms to the Regional Development and Co-ordination Programme
  • To develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for this programme


Programme Implementation

This programme is the responsibility of the Regional Development Team (RDT) which is led by the Regional Secretary as the chairperson. The RDT is comprised of Departmental Heads in the different developmental discipline. The programme further aims at enhancing resource targeting so that they are responsive to the needs of the people, particularly the poor and the marginalised.


Expected Outputs

  • Clearly articulated multi-sectoral interventions that address the identified development gaps
  • Reduced socio-economic development disparities among citizens and regions of the land
  • Improved resource targeting based on evidence on the specific development needs for each region
  • Comprehensive regional development plans, budgets and financial arrangements for regional development initiatives
  • Elimination of duplication of efforts and waste of resources
  • Evidence-based, integrated, participatory and responsive regional development


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