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PUBLIC WORKS MAKES ITS MARK AT ANNUAL MARULA FESTIVAL

 

 

 

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ABOVE& BELOW RIGHT: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport Lutsango pose for our lenses in a queue to deliver their wares to her Majesty Indlovukazi at Hlane Royal Residence, on the 24th February 2017.

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ABOVE RIGHT: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport Lutsango standing inline to deliver Buganu brew to her Majesty Indlovukazi at Hlane Royal Residence.

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ABOVE: Lutsango from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport dancing on their way to the arena at Buhleni Royal Residence in celebration of the Annual Buganu Festival 2017.


The Ministry of Public Works was part of the Annual Marula Festival 2017 which was held at Buhleni and Hlane Royal Residences respectively.
The Ministry’s regiment was in a full swing, as they were led by Acting Under Secretary Mrs Thulile Ngwenya upon presenting their Buganu brew to their Majesties, as well as other wares to her Majesty Indlovukazi on Friday, and they were in full swing as they shown their dancing skills to their majesties.

At Buhleni his Majesty, King Mswati III highlighted the importance of voting for more women, he said it was disappointing that even at Buhleni area they came out in number for the festival, but when it comes to voting they didn’t recognize other females. Her Majesty, the other hand, said she believed woman were in the forefront in the country objectives of attaining First World status by the year 2022.

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Swazi Rail Link Programme Director Timothy Ndlovu,(3rd from Right) flanked by [Ministry of Public Works, Economic Planning and Finance] planning officials during the tour of Swazi Rail Link Project, at Sidvokodvo Junction near Mangcongco area. 

During the recent tour on Swazi Rail Link Project, from 11th – 12th January 2017, Kennedy Shongwe from SRL Programme Manager presented the case for Swazi Rail Link that will connect Lothair Junction in Mpumalanga with Sidvokodvo Junction in Phuzumoya West, Swaziland. The Swazi Rail Link programme is a joint inter-railway strategic initiative between Transnet and Swaziland Railway. The programme is developed as a rail solution aimed at creating a General Freight Business (GFB) corridor for Transnet whilst providing much needed additional capacity for Swaziland Railway.  

SRL Programme Director, Timothy Ndlovu was in the company of a Joint Ministerial Planning Unit (Public Works and Transport, Finance, and Economic Planning) which toured the rail network for a detailed first-hand account and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the project and key milestones that have been achieved to date. The joint venture between Transnet and Swaziland Railways proposes 150km of track, 50km of which will be in South Africa and 100km in Swaziland. The project is currently valued at about R18 billion.

According to Ndlovu, the project’s main objective is to support a modal shift from road to rail and will improve integration of over-border logistics between South Africa and Swaziland. significantly improve freight capacity between the hinterland and the Richards Bay and Maputo ports, thereby contributing to the improvement of vital logistics chains in the SADC region, a strategic goal much supported by development agencies the world over. By building this strategic rail link, it is hoped that economic development in the area will follow, including the creation of local employment opportunities.

According to the project plan, the line will require the engineering and construction of some 222 structures. This includes 28 viaducts, 28 overbridges, 31 underpasses, 25 cattle creeps and 110 culverts, the majority of which will be situated in Swaziland. The initial feasibility study concluded in 2015 indicated that the project will require 1,218 hectares of land, 506Ha in South Africa and 713Ha in Swaziland, and will result in the disruption of approximately 500 households and 600 gravesites.

The project is currently in the detailed planning phase and offers to purchase land, planning for the relocation of households and gravesites, and application for environmental permits is underway. Early works, commissioning, and construction is expected to take 48 months. Initiation of construction is however still uncertain as Ndlovu explains: “the construction is going to be funded through Public Private Partnerships (PPP), and until we combine the requirements of all the interested parties, we cannot not be certain of when construction is going to begin. The message, for now, is that we have completed the feasibility study, results have shown that constructing this line is viable, and our funders have already given us the go ahead to undertake some of the early planning work.”

The following key milestones have been reached so far;

  • The completion of a concept study in 2011.
  • The completion of a pre-feasibility study in March 2013.
  • The completion of feasibility study around in March 2015.
  • Based on the outcome of the feasibility study, we envisage the commencement of the relocation of services including homes, resettlement of grave sites and other structures) in March 2017.
  • The targeted completion date is 2022.

Click here to download The Progress [Where we Are] document

Click here to download the Revised Timeline for the New Swazi Rail Link

Click here to download The Swazi Rail Link Plan document


The Minister of Public Works and Transport Lindiwe Dlamini, on Thursday, toured Ludzeludze constituency’s road infrastructure.This was part of the ongoing Tinkhundla tours by the Minister,whereby she and officials from the Ministry get to have a firsthand experience of the roads at constituency level.

During the tour the Minister highlighted that part of the Ministry’s mandate is to upgrade, construct and maintain the national road network that will stimulate economic development in the rural areas. Amongst the areas that were visited by the Minister and her delegation include; Sibuyeni, Mdlangwe, Vusweni and as well as Ekudzeni where most of the roads need regravelling and bridges that links to schools and clinics at Ludzeludze. Minister Dlamini expressed concern that many homesteads and fields were situated close to the roads and hence block the drainage systems, thus damaging the road in the process. She further pleaded with community leaders to address this predicament.

The Minister’s delegation during the tour included the Ministry’s Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe, Acting Chief Roads Engineer Vincent Dlamini, Mantainence Engineer Linda Magagula and other personnel from the Roads Department.

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MINISTER OFFICIALLY OPENS 2ND ANNUAL SWAZILAND RAILWAY CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 2016

 Figure 1: Minister for Public Works and Transport Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini delivering her speech to officially open the 2nd Annual  Swaziland Railway Conference and Exhibition 2016, held at Royal Villas

Figure 2: The Minister of Public Works and Transport Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini (3rd from Left, Front Row), flanked by Swaziland Railway Board  Chairman Mduduzi Gina, Kholekile Mlangeni-Kodiabor (board member), and Lindiwe Mdawe - Secretary General PMAESA, and Stephenson Ngubane SR CEO (Centre Back Row), among others during the 2nd Annual Swaziland Railway Conference.

 

The Honorable Minister of Public Works and Transport Pastor Lindiwe Dlamini speaking during the launched of the 2nd Annual Swaziland Railway Conference held at The Royal Villas, from the 17th – 18th August 2016. The Minister extended a special thanks to the major sponsor of the Conference European Union (EU) and reassured the EU that the support will go a long way in strengthening the transport sector in Swaziland, particularly rail.

She said the Government of Swaziland will continually invest in infrastructure development because transport is the key enabler of economic development and economic growth. The transport sector has an important role to play in moving commodities to the consumer.

This year’s theme of the conference is “Transformation of the Rail Sector to Realize Economic Growth” The Government underscores that the rail sector has a crucial role to play in the economic development of the country in moving imports and exports to other countries regionally and internationally.

International speakers of the conference participants of the conference include: Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), TUV Rheinland, Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI), Southern African Railway Association (SARA), Transnet Freight Rail, and many more. 

Minister's Speech Available below.............ADDRESS BY THE HON. MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORT PASTOR LINDIWE DLAMINI IN THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 2ND RAILWAY CONFERENCE


The Minister of Public Works & Transport Ps. Lindiwe Dlamini on Monday, the 16th March launched scholar patrols at Mkhuzweni. This initiative is earmarked at educating young people about road safety awareness road at locals schools along Hhelehhele-Lavumisa (MR8) road. Schools that were present during the event includes: Mkhuzweni High and Primary schools.

In her speech she lamented that on the MR8 it is evident that there’s heavy traffic and that is a clear indication that pedestrians should be cautious when crossing the road, thus the Ministry has considered enhancing the safety of school children when crossing this road which has had fatal accidents in the past.

Present during the event was the Minister of Education and Training Honorable Phineas Magagula, MP Gundwane Gamedze, MP Christopher Gamedze and Stakeholder Alliance Chairman & MVA Fund CEO Helmon Vilakati. 

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