Hon. Minister HRH Prince Lonkhokhela Profile

His Royal Highness Prince Lonkhokhela served as CEO of the Eswatini National Provident Fund (ENPF) for 24 years before becoming Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Energy.

His Royal Highness began his career at the then Central Bank of Swaziland (now Eswatini) as an Internal Auditor and then moved on to the Research Department, then the Forex Department and finally, the Development Finance Department. In total, he was with the Central Bank for 16 years. In 1999, he joined ENPF as CEO, holding the role until 2023.

The Prince holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from New Hampshire College (USA) as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in International Finance from the same institution. He also holds a BA in Economics from Boston University (USA), and a Diploma is Social Sciences from the Vincennes University (USA). He is also a holder of a Certificate in Pension Schemes from Harvard University (USA). In 2014, the Honourable Minister successfully completed the Executive Programme in Leadership from the University of Stanford (USA).

His Royal Highness holds key leadership positions in various local Boards, including Montigny (Chairperson), Happy Valley Hotel (Chairperson), Old Mutual (Director), the Industrial Development Company of Eswatini (Director), Eswatini Mobile (Director) and Tisuka Taka Ngwane (Director). He has also previously served on the Boards of Eswatini Railways, Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture (ENCAC), King’s Trust and Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF).

On 5 November 2023, His Majesty King Mswati III appointed Prince Lonkhokhela as Senator and then, on 13 November, His Majesty appointed His Royal Highness as Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Energy. The Prince now leads a Ministry whose portfolio encompasses the management of natural resources and providing adequate services in water, minerals, energy, surveying, mapping, conveyancing, registration of real rights in land and valuation; to the public and private sector of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

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