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E1.2 MILLION COMPUTER LAB FOR EMTHONJENI HIGH SCHOOL
"Today is, indeed, a happy day for our company and I feel greatly privileged and honoured to be standing in front of you. Swaziland Electricity Company (sec) is pleased to have partnered with Motraco in financing the construction of such an essential facility at this immaculate school." This were remarks made by the Chairman of the SEC Board of Directors  Sthofeni Ginindza during the official hand over of a computer laboratory at Emthonjeni High School on the 29th of June, 2018. Speaking through  Lindiwe Dlamini who is also a board member,  Ginindza said  SEC together with Motraco, have spent a whopping E1.2 million constructing the Emthonjeni high school’s computer lab. “What makes this project special is that it is the first of its kind for our company. Since 1963 when sec was established we have made countless donations to different organisations, mostly schools, but we never thought of building a computer lab,” he said.

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Ministers anvailing the plaque


The Chairperson also highlighted that SEC has been supporting the education sector in the kingdom as education is one of their corporate social investment (CSI’s) key focus areas as demonstrated by the millions of emalangeni they have invested in a number of related initiatives. Some of the initiatives include; A donation of E3 million worth of learning equipment to the electrical & electronics department at the university of Swaziland (UNISWA), construction of a E350 000 worth kitchen for Hlabazonkhe Primary School, annual sponsorship of top uniswa students (E1 500 each) in electrical engineering & information technology, assistance to a number of primary & high schools to complete their building structures, donation of computers, desks and teaching materials to several schools, annual sponsorship of two pupils, who have excelled in the IGCSE examination and funding of pupils nominated during the Swaziland Science Fair to attend an educational tour at ESKOM in South Africa, among other initiatives.
Concluding his remarks the chairperson passed appreciation to the Minister for Education for his endless efforts in improving the standard of education in the country and his determination and energy to motivate companies like SEC to continue supporting education. “I wish to assure you that sec remains committed to supporting education to ensure a better future for children from all walks of life,” he said.

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Chairman of SEC Board Mr. Ginindza and Board Member Lindiwe Dlamini
 
The Head Teacher of Emthonjeni High School Thokozile Dlamini was thankful to SEC and Motraco for such a remarkable gift in the form of a computer lab. “Our joy is so immeasurable and we really run short of words to say thank you to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, SEC and Motraco who have bestowed such a wonderful gift to our community,” she said.  Dlamini said that the SEC has rekindled a spark of hope in their hearts that students from the community will now be part of the future prosperity of the entire nation, as everybody is working towards attaining the first world status.  She further promised that the School will take good care of facility and ensuring that it is always safe and well maintained.  

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Thokozile explaining to the Ministers about the facility.


Delivering the key note address Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Jabulile Mashwama said His Majesty the King Mswati III pronounced a goal of attaining an economic status comparable to those of developed nations by the year 2022.  “The provision of sustainable energy solutions is pivotal in attaining this vision,” she said.  The Minister highlighted that it important to acknowledge and leverage on the strength of the nexus approach towards development. “This computer laboratory project therefore has demonstrated the importance of interlinkages of the energy, education and ICT sectors in attaining the vision of the kingdom of Eswatini,” she said. Minister Mashwama said she was honoured to celebrate the successful completion of the Emthonjeni High School computer laboratory, which will benefit current and future generations of students at the said school. The Minister appreciated the role that SEC’s social mandate plays in the attainment of the Kingdom of Eswatini’s development goals. “This initiative not only creates stakeholder value but also creates a positive impact on the Edwaleni community,” Mashwama said.  
Minister Mashwama thanked Motraco and the SEC Board for availing funds for building such an important asset for the community of Edwaleni as part of giving back to the community. The Minister also appreciated the SEC management and staff for supervising the construction of the computer laboratory to ensure that the facility was built to the required standard.

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SEC MD, Thokozile Dlamini and Motraco CEO in  group picture with the Ministers.

The Minister for Education Phineas Magagula when receiving the facility on behalf of his Ministry said ICT allows learners to discover educational opportunities and improve academic performance therefore  the Provision of ICT connectivity is essential to provide learners with what is commonly called ‘twenty-first century skills’. “As rapid technological development constantly drive and reshape the economy, it is vital for learners and citizens to be highly proficient in the use of ICT’s,” said Magagula.
Minister Magagula said His Majesty’s Government will be forever grateful to SEC and Motraco and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy for assisting Emthonjeni High in such a time of need.

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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.


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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29/6/2018

E1.2 MILLION COMPUTER LAB FOR EMTHONJENI HIGH SCHOOL
Today is, indeed, a happy day for our company and I feel greatly privileged and honoured to be standing in front of you. Swaziland Electricity Company (sec) is pleased to have partnered with Motraco in financing the construction of such an essential facility at this immaculate school. This remarks were made by the Chairman of the SEC Board of Directors  Sthofeni Ginindza during the official hand over of a computer laboratory at Emthonjeni High School on the 29th of June, 2018. Speaking through  Lindiwe Dlamini who is also a board member,  Ginindza said  SEC together with Motraco, have spent a whopping E1.2 million constructing the Emthonjeni high school’s computer lab. “What makes this project special is that it is the first of its kind for our company. Since 1963 when sec was established we have made countless donations to different organisations, mostly schools, but we never thought of building a computer lab,” he said. READ ARTICLE...


 18/06/2016

Minerals remain at the centre of human development

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Maloma Colliery Acting CEO Chris Mlotsa explaining to the Hon.Minister.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Energy took time from her busy schedule to tour Maloma Colliery a coal mine in the Lubombo region, the purpose of the tour was to witness strides made by the company while carrying out its mandate.  The Minister said minerals remain at the centre of human development and have the potential to positively shape and affect economies directly and indirectly. “I am pleased to note that Maloma operations are a living testimony that minerals endowment is a true blessing to any nation,” the Minister alluded. Download Minister's Remarks

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Group picture after the tour at mine premises.


14/05/2018

Energy Department seeks to be accredited to both the ISO 17025 and ISO 17020 management systems.

The Department of Energy Inspection Unit held a Quality Management System workshop from the 14th-18th May, 2018, at the Royal Villas at Zulwini to review and approve drafted documents for both the Fuel Inspection and the Fuel Testing Laboratory’s Quality Management Systems. and the whole purpose was to review and approve drafted documents in preparation for the implementation of both quality management systems on the General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration standard (ISO 17025) and on the General Requirements for the Operation of various types of bodies performing inspections (ISO 17020). Read article.. 


17/05/2018
ALL CITIZENS OF ESWATINI TO HAVE ACCESS TO MODERN ENERGY SOLUTIONS BY 2022

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Minister Jabulile Mashwama delivering her speech.

The Ministry of Natural Recources and Energy has officially launched the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Swaziland (LPGSASWA). Speaking at the official launch at Mountain inn Hotel, Minister Jabulile Mashwama said it was the Ministry’s goal that by 2022 all citizens of Eswatini have access to modern energy solutions to enhance sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life, in line with the nation’s vision and development agenda.
“Increasing the use of liquefied petroleum gas is therefore one of the pathways of ensuring that the country meets its global and local commitments,” she said. read article


15/05/2018

Eswatini to attain 100% water and sanitation coverage

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Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Senator Jabulile Mashwama

"Today we are gathered in this wonderful venue to share ideas on how to ‘Strengthen the Enabling Environment for Achieving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainable Goals’. Studies indicate that almost 2.5 billion people are without adequate sanitation facilities and about 663 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water".Speaking at the Royal Swazi conference center, Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Senator Jabulile Mashwama shared this statistics during the official opening of the inter-country enabling environment capacity building workshop on accelerating access to basic sanitation, water and hygiene.

Minister Mashwama warmly welcomed the delegates attending the workshop at Ezulwini, “It is my singular honour and privilege to deliver these remarks on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and indeed on my own behalf,” she said. May I take this opportunity to welcome all our visiting delegates from the Kingdom of Lesotho, The Republic of Namibia and the Comoros and hope that you have enjoyed the Eswatini hospitality since your arrival in our beautiful country. We always believe that Eswatini is your second home away from home, Mashwama said.

Minister Mashwama outlined the important role played by Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) in the provision of potable water and Sanitation to the people. “SWA is a global multistakeholder partnership which catalyzes political leadership and improve accountability to achieve a sustainable vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all,” she said. The Sanitation and Water for All provides a transparent, accountable and results-oriented framework for action based on a common vision, values and principles, she added.

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Minister Mashwama in a group photo with the delegates

UNICEF Representative Dr Alice Akungu making her remarks on behalf of UNICEF, said she sincerely appreciated the Government of Eswatini for accepting to host this very important meeting. The commitment shown by the Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy and the Ministry of Health to spearhead the Sanitation and Water for All initiative in Eswatini, is highly valued, she said. Dr Akungu said the presence of the three key Ministries from Finance, Natural Resources and Energy and Health is a testament of the Government of Eswatini’s commitment to attain Sanitation and Water for All – in line with the SDG targets and indicators, the importance given in this area is also evident as outlined in His Majesty the King’s vision 2022, and the Ministries’ plans in the country’s efforts to attain Sanitation and Water for ALL in Eswatini, she said.

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27/02/1018 - Nelspruit South Africa

 KOBWA celebrates 25 years of existence..

MINISTER of Natural Resources and Energy Jabulile Maswama has pointed

out a number of successes in the Komati Basin Water Authority (KOBWA) Project,

especially at a time when they celebrate a great milestone in its existence.

The Minister made this remarks at the 25th anniversay for KOBWA in Nelspruit South Africa. Swazi Observer

 

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MNRE Scoopes the best Government laboratory of the year award...

 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy Fuel Testing Laboratory (MNRE-FL) scooped the 2017 Best Government Laboratory of the year award during the inaugural National Quality Awards which were hosted by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Trade at the George Hotel on the 27th October, 2017. read more...


 

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