PM proud of his wife of 42 years
EZULWINI – On Tuesday, Premier Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini celebrated three occasions; his 70th birthday, his wife Jane’s 66th birthday and their 42nd anniversary of marriage.
Speaking about the 42nd anniversary, the PM said it was an event to be proud and grateful of, having married his wife Jane when he was 28 and she was 24 years old.
"That I have been part of a loving and inspirational partnership that has given a deep and lasting happiness, sharing nearly half a century of a very special relationship that has included having wonderful children, and, in due course, the further gift of 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
"As many of you will know, I have a good memory and that is truly a blessing since it enables me to relive that journey – the events of my life with Jane and our family," he said.
About his wife’s 66th birthday, the PM said he still considered her to be the young 24-year-old woman he fell in love with and married.
"I have been a lucky man to have found such love and a wife who has given me so much support in my career. This may not be the time to dwell on the challenges of life, but a very special part of my love for Jane is the intensity of my admiration for the courage she has shown in dealing with her illness," he said.
Dlamini had to temporarily ‘abandon’ his 70th birthday dinner party to see His Majesty King Mswati III off to the United Kingdom on Tuesday night.
For almost two hours, over 100 guests at the gathering held at Sibane Hotel waited patiently for the Premier and Cabinet ministers to return from the Matsapha International Airport where the King’s aircraft took off.
Shortly before he was to deliver his speech as guest of honour, word reached the PM at around 8:20pm that he had to leave for Ludzidzini Royal Residence and then to the airport to bid farewell to the monarch.
His Majesty was travelling to the United Kingdom to attend Queen Elizabeth II‘s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
At 10:30pm, the PM returned and the programme resumed with him being presented with a birthday cake by the management and staff of Sibane Hotel.
PM enjoys watching cartoons
EZULWINI – At 70, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini enjoys watching cartoons on television with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His favourite cartoons, he said, are Tom and Jerry, The Flintston
es and Scoobie doo.
"I was asked recently about the times I like to share with the youngsters and I had to mention the cartoons, so clever and imaginative and I enjoy also watching the enjoyment in the eyes of the children," he said.
"Asked if I find being with the young very stressful in any way, I replied ‘not at all!’. I have a simple approach.
"When the children get wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. And when they’re finished, I climb out," the PM said.
He said he felt blessed at having wonderful grand-children and great grand-children, whom he believed were not a problem at all.
"And if I am permitted to work in reverse, I have also been blessed with amazing children of whom I am deeply fond and immensely proud of.
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
"I think 70 is a good time to reflect on what one’s life has been, but still to have the enthusiasm to carry on, despite the fact that the physical challenges get greater as one gets older," said the Prem- ier.
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