SPTC Board member resigns
MBABANE – Four days after Nelsiwe Mabuza, former Chairperson of the SPTC Board of directors was fired, a member of the board she headed has resigned.
Mhlabuhlangene Dlamini tendered his resignation on Friday.
Information gathered by this publication is that Dlamini took the decision to step down because of the ongoing dispute between SPTC and Swazi MTN.
Dlamini was among the board members appointed by Winnie Magagula, Minister of Information, Communications and Technology in October last year.
The board was appointed after the minister had fired another board which was led by Phanuel Vilakati barely three days after being appointed minister.
It is believed that Dlamini was not happy with the way his chairperson (Nelisiwe Mabuza) was fired as he felt all decisions taken at board level were taken collectively and therefore, all the board members should have been relieved of their duties.
"He believed that all the board members should have been sent home because the chairperson was not working alone. The entire board was involved," said the source.
"Dlamini felt that they had been appointed to direct the company operations and should therefore, have been allowed to do things their way, without being influenced by anyone."
By Friday, Dlamini had already informed some Board members together with Arthur Ngcobo, SPTC’s acting Chairman of the board and the minister of his decision.
The Times SUNDAY first called Ngcobo who said he is not sure if Dlamini had resigned or not.
"The appointment is not by the board and the only way I would know about the resignation is when the resignation letter has been copied to me," he said.
"What you are saying might be right but for now, I can neither confirm nor deny that Dlamini has resigned as I have not seen the letter."
Also called last night was Minister Winnie Magagula who said she had mail on her desk which she could not attend to on Friday because she was busy with meetings.
"I can only confirm that I do have mail on my desk and maybe Dlamini’s letter is among those in my mail," she said.
"I had a very tight schedule on Friday as I attended meetings that lasted until late. I could not attend to the mail."
She asked to be contacted on Monday.
Also called was Victor Nxum-alo who is also a board member at SPTC.
Nxumalo is director of the Public Enterprises Unit (PEU).
He said they were warned not to talk about SPTC matters and only government would give out information.
"I am not aware that he has resigned."
The Times SUNDAY made several attempts to get comment from Dlamini but all failed.
He was first called at 12.20pm yesterday but his phone rang unanswered. He was called again at 2pm but still he could not be reached.
Another call to Dlamini was made at 4.30pm but still his phone rang unanswered.
The Times SUNDAY then proceeded to Dlamini’s home at Thembelihle in Mbabane at around 6pm.
However, he was not there.
Contact details were left at his home in order for him to call back when he returned home but at the time of going to press, he had not called.
Dlamini was last called at 8pm but still he did not answer his phone.
Good Move There @ Mr. Dlamini Mhlabuhlangene. As A Mattter Of Fact, The Whole Board Members Should Have Resigned. Akakwati Winnie Kuts Angacosha Umuntfu Without A Clear Reason.
Apr 1, 2012, 7:13 AM, Mzala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Impela ingabe lelive liyaphi? Ingabe bantfwabetfu bayolikhandza lsekhona yini? Ngoba kunemadvodza nje laphikelele kulentela phasi at the expense of every other Swazi. Ewu akasale abuya uMdali atsatse kwakhe naSathane atsatse lokungekwakhe. Safa!!!!
Apr 1, 2012, 7:13 AM, SDONONO (email@example.com)
Well done Dlamini, that was a good stand, kuyakhanya kutsi you are a man of intergrity ayi laba labaphetfwe liphango. I so wish we could have men and women like you and uLaMabuza. Lelive lingatfutfuka sibili, ayi laba labafuna kufa nalo. Besisolo sisola emaParty, sekuyakhanya kutsi sekumele kusukume tsine nyalo sishanyele letibi leti.
Apr 1, 2012, 3:40 PM, S. Nhlabatsi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What an inconvenience to us consumers. All we want as consumers is a better service. Is this too much to ask?
Apr 1, 2012, 3:40 PM, JR (email@example.com)
Why can't Cabinet see that the things that are unfolding are now exposing things which government wouldn't have wanted to be revealed? Gov't is making too many mistakes lately, and in the process, they're exposing themselves too much.
Apr 1, 2012, 4:54 PM, Anonymous (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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