Employers to release workers for Sibaya
MBABANE – Employers have pledged to heed the King’s summons by releasing workers to attend Sibaya at Ludzidzini Royal Residence on Monday.
This was confirmed by Tineyi Mawocha, the President of the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce, in an interview yesterday. Mawocha promised: "There’s no question on whether workers would attend the national meeting. I can say that companies are well aware that they’ll have to release some employees and retain some at the same time to ensure that customers are not inconvenienced."
He said it was fundamental for the workforce to heed the summons by His Majesty King Mswati III to converge at Ludzidzini Royal Residence Cattle Byre.
"As citizens of the country, we’ve to be at Ludzidzini and there’s doubt about that," Mawocha, the Managing Director of Standard Bank, stated. "However, we’ve to strike the balance by releasing some and retaining some workers."
He said such a move was aimed at ensuring that the businesses do not suffer. "This is not something new to us as employers," he noted. "It has happened before and we had no problem in releasing the employees."
Timothy Velabo Mtetwa, the acting Governor of Ludzidzini Royal Residence, welcomed the decision taken by the employers as a step in the right direction in as far as demonstrating respect towards the authorities was concerned.
Mtetwa said it was no doubt that all roads would lead to Ludzidzini Cattle Byre on Monday.
"Everyone belongs to the King (wonkhe muntfu we Nkhosi), hence a huge crowd is expected at the byre," he said. "The young and old from all four corners (emagumbamane elive) should attend without fail."
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