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Minister Jabulile Mashwama at UN World Water Day Summit

Minister Jabulile Mashwama with some of the dignitaries who attended the WWDS in Durban

Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Jabulile Mashwama who also doubles up as AMCOW Vice President last week participated in the biggest World Water Day Summit and Expo held in Durban South Africa. AMCOW is the African Ministers Council on Water that was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources.

Ministers and other Delegates including Department of Water Affairs Nomphumelelo Ntshalintshali.


The high level event which saw the participation of South Africa President Jacob Zuma and United Nations Senior officials was covered by international media including CNN, Aljazeera and CNBC was used to launch the 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report. This report is a review on the state of the world’s fresh water resources. The theme of the report was ‘Wastewater – the Untapped resource.’’.
Speaking about the event Minister Mashwama stated that African Ministers responsible for Water and Sanitation came together to make an African Statement and also discussed in detail Wastewater as a resource and how Ministers as leaders need to ensure the full use of Wastewater.  

    


The Minister stated that the summit was opportune especially because the topics that were deliberated summed up His Majesty`s Vision for increased water supply coverage and sanitation services. “The initiative on Access to Water and Sanitation Services for 10 Billion people speaks directly to us as a country as we strive to ensure 100% coverage on water and sanitation. The Minister stated that one of the most important highlights of the meeting was the focus on building on the lessons learnt from the recent drought which affected a number of the countries in Southern Africa. ‘Ministers highlighted the need to take advantage of the drought which has brought awareness on the scarcity and precious value of water and how we can build on that awareness to ensure conservative use of water going forward’ said Mashwama.

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11 October, 2017

HIS MAJESTY KING MSWATI III OPENS E30 MILLION STATE OF THE ART STRUCTURE FOR SWSC.

Right: His Majestey King Mswati III cuts the plaque to mark the official openning of the Building . left: His Majesty the King flanked by the Hon. Minister for Natural Resourses and the Board of Directors

 

We are encouraged to note that the Swaziland water services cooperation is adhering to the decentralization policy. This new structure which we are to bless today, which was built from 2015, is a clear footpath of taking services closer to the people. The King made this remarks when officially opening the Swaziland water services corporation’s (SWSC) Shiselweni regional headquarters at Nhlangano, which he named Siyalu house.


SPEECH BY THE HON. MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SADC WATER WEEK IN SWAZILAND.

VENUE:

HAPPY VALLEY HOTEL - EZULWINI.

DATE:

28TH MAY, 2015.

Programme Director,

Honourable Members of Ministry’s Portfolio Committee from both Houses of Parliament,

Principal Secretaries,

SADC Representatives,

Representatives of the Global Water Partnership – Southern Africa,

Representatives of WaterAid,

Program Officer - European Union,

Chief Executive Officers and Captains of different Industries

Members of the National Water Authority,

Members of the River Basin Authorities,

Senior Government Officials,

Representatives of the Youth,

Members of the media,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen.

It is my singular honour and privilege to stand before you to deliver these remarks on behalf of the government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and on my own behalf.

Allow me at the outset to recognize and appreciate your presence in this gathering as you have taken time out of your hectic schedule to grace this occasion. This no doubt, indicates the importance you place on the proper management and development of the country’s water resources. Let me assure you that His Majesty’s Government subscribes to the ideals of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), its developmental agenda and the quest to uplift the quality of lives and dignity of its people through the provision of good quality water in sufficient quantities.

Allow me to also pay my special tribute to our guests from the SADC Water Division and the Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP – SA) for coming to support our efforts in trying to deal with the critical issues of water resources management and development for the betterment of the lives of the Swazi people.

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen

I have been informed that the SADC Water Week is an initiative which was last held in the year 2000. It gave rise to the development of important Regional documents like the SADC Vision for Water, Life and the Environment and the subsequent related documents like the Regional Strategic Action Programmes I, II and II. As a SADC Member State we appreciate the importance of this platform wherein the SADC Water Division interacts with the different countries on areas of interest for inclusion in the Regional Water Program. It also presents an opportunity for national stakeholders to be appraised on the regional programs and the benefits accrued thereof.

I have also been advised that the theme for the Water Week is “From Vision to Action” and my special appeal is that as we move from Vision to Action we take note of the multiple roles played by water in driving national economies. The SADC region is also faced with the challenge to increase efficiency in the use of the water resources and to provide greater policy coherence to support the growing economies through infrastructure development, while considering the trade-offs between social equity, environmental integrity and economic development. Therefore, conventional policy and decision-making in ‘silos’ needs to give way to an approach that builds synergies across sectors.

The recently introduced nexus approach provides an opportunity to help the SADC region to apply the Integrated Water Resources Management concept as well as integration and cooperation in the management of water resources for its various uses and demands; particularly for energy and food security.

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen

The noble initiative to involve the youth and the media on issues of water resources management is greatly appreciated. This is but the only way we can ensure that our water resources is protected and is available even for future generations as the youth is our investment for the future. I believe your deliberations of the two days will take cognizance of the resolutions emanating from the youth meeting which was held yesterday at this very same place. It is my sincere hope that the newly established Swaziland Youth Forum on Environment, Water and Sanitation will also take leaf from this gathering in advancing their future agenda.

Swaziland sits in shared River Basins with South Africa and Mozambique, therefore proper water resources management is key to the fulfillment of His Majesty’s Government priorities to provide clean water for all by the year 2022. This is clearly articulated in the National Development Strategy (NDS). It should also be noted that the country is a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), wherein goal number 7 strives to halve the population without access to potable water and basic sanitation by the current year, 2015. As we move forward, these aspirations can only be achieved if national water resources are managed in an effective and efficient manner.

May I at this point recognize the important role played by the SADC Water Division in providing guidance on issues related to adherence to the Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses to which Swaziland also subscribes. The provisions of this document are important in the management and utilization of water resources in our shared basins. As a region with scarce water resources shared amongst different States, the Protocol has ensured that water is used as an instrument for peace.

Your able coordination of the basket funding by the different International Cooperating Partners where Swaziland has also been a beneficiary, is highly appreciated. Currently our country enjoys support from the German, UK and Australian governments in undertaking the Lomahasha/Namaacha potable water supply feasibility study, a project which will bring better lives to the people in these areas.

We also value your support in initiatives like the annual Water Resources Technical Committee meetings, the annual Regional Dialogues and the biannual Ministers of Water meetings which are used as a platform where Member States share ideas on how to better manage the diminishing water resources.

It is my wish that the SADC Water Weeks could be an annual event just like the World Water Days which are celebrated annually to give recognition to the important role water plays in the wellbeing of mankind. I have been advised that your deliberations of the two days will cover a wide range of national water resources management issues, in an attempt to influence their inclusion in the regional water program. I believe your deliberations in the two days will result in important national issues worth including in the fourth Regional Strategic Action Program.

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen

As I seek to conclude my remarks, let me take this opportunity to thank those that have made this event the success that it is, starting with the Local Organising Committee, the SADC Water Division and the Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa who is our implementing partner in the SADC Water Weeks. I would also like to thank our International Cooperating Partners who have given the financial assistance needed to carry out such an initiative.

With these few remarks, it is my honour and pleasure to declare the Swaziland SADC Water Week officially opened. I wish you fruitful deliberations in the course of the two days.

THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY DURING the Hand-Over Ceremony of US$650,000-00 for the installation of Solar lighting system At the Nhlangano Health Centre.

PROTOCOL

Programme director
your EXCELLENCY, the AMBASSADOR; thomas j.c. chen.
your ROYAL HIGHNESS – PRINCE HLANGUSEMPHI – HON. MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY (IES)
ESTEEMED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS
MEDIA PERSONNEL
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

SPEECH

Your Excellency, I AM GREATLY HONOURED TO BE PART OF THIS very important occasion of the HANDOVER of fUNDS ammounting to us$650,000.00FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) AND LIGHT EMITTING DIODES (LED) LIGHTING SYSTEM AT The nhlangano health centre.

Your Excellency, Solar Photovaltaic panels are known to be good absorbers of solar energy which is renewable; whilst light emitting Diodes are preferred because of their ability to consume less energy compared TO other CONVENTIONAL lamps.

Your excellency, my ministry AND i ARE extremely humbled to once again receive support in the areaS of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Your excellency, AS you are aware, the government of the kingdom of swaziland is very concerned about climate change. this is the reason government has been promoting clean renewable energy and energy efficiency over the decade.

the ministry has finalised the sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) rapid gap analysis and action plan which emphesizes on doubling the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2022. Hence renewable Energy has been made a priority and the ministry is encouraged that the high energy prices of renewable energy equipment is slowly coming down. YOUR EXCELLENCY, it is my belief that this technology must also benefit all the CITIZENS OF the kingdom.

Your excellency, in august, 2014, My ministry commissioned a 32 kw solar p.v. and l.e.d lighting system at mhlumeni border gate. tHE SYSTEM WAS well INSTALLED despite the CHALLENGING land-use CONDITIONS. i AM GLAD TO REPORT THAT it is PROPERLY functioning. The management of the border gate continues to praise and applaude the ministry on the positive impact of the system in their operations. These accolades DEMONSTRATES that the technology is highly appreciated AND ACCEPTABLE. THIS is so, ESPECIALLY, BECAUSE SOLAR IS A FREE RESOURCE THAT CAN BE ACCESSED BY MANY WITHOUT SPENDING A CENT.

Your excellency, the ministry has received numerous requests from the private sector business community and government ministries/departments to visit the solar DEMONSTRATION projects located at the uniswa – Luyengo campus and the mbabane government hospital (blood Bank). it is honestly gratifying that the purpose of the demonStration projects is being accomplished.

YOUR EXCELLENCY, These projects have proven beyond reasonable doubt that solar technology can be used as an effective and efficient alternative source of energy in the kingdom of swaziland.

Your excellency, TODAY we are comfortably GATHERed HERE to receive yet another donation AMOUNTING TO us$650,000.00for the installation of a 32 KiloWatt (kw) solar PV and L.E.D. lighting system at the Nhlangano health centrE which my ministry accepts heartily and with great appreciation and humility.

Your Excellency thE NHLANGANO HEALTH CENTRE project will include amongst others the construction of a carpot THAT WILL SERVE AS THE MOUNTING BRACKET FOR 120 PV SOLAR PANELS, A battery and control roOM, L.E.D Tubes in THE PATIENTS wards and THE corridors. YOur Excellency, I am confident that the COntractor (Avercom Trading Company) will manage TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT by the stipulated target date of the 31st march, 2015 and that this facility will surely bring a marked difference to the nhlangano health centre’s energy needs.

Your excellency, upon completion of this project in the shiselweni region, the ministry would have achieved one of its major GOALS namely; to construct large scale Solar demonstration projects in the four regions of swaziland. Your Excellency, my ministry could not have DONE THIS TASK WITHOUT your noble support and genuine assistance.

In Conclusion, YOUR EXCELLENCY, I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY profound and MANiFOLD THANKS TO THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON TAIWAN AND HER PEOPLE FOR MAKING THESE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR VENTURING INTO RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY TO ENHANCE SECURITY OF ENERGY SUPPLY IN THE kingdom of swaziland.

further, your excellency, the ministry humbly requests the government of the republic of china on taiwan to continue providing this kind of support, as the Ministry now plans to rollout this technology to other government buildings.

I THANK YOU ALL.

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