King challenges Shiselweni businesses on job creation
NHLANGANO - His Majesty King Mswati III has challenged the Shiselweni Business Community to start businesses that would improve the country’s ailing economy.
The King challenged the business community to be ‘mean machineries’ in the creation of jobs for Swazis and also called for the promotion of ‘Youth in Enterprise’.
The King said this on Friday during a dinner held in his honour by the Shiselweni business community through the Essa Family of the Build It Hardware outlets at the Nhlangano Casino Royale.
The event was also attended by the Indlovukazi, Emakhosikati LaMago-ngo and LaMahlangu and Princes Sicalo and Lindani.
"The sky is the limit for hard working entrepreneurs who want to conquer the world markets with their profound quality goods and services.
"We have come to Shiselweni to motivate, encourage and request you, as the business community, to stand up and be counted in the drive to turn the economy of this country into a mean machine where jobs are created.
"Our national motto ‘Buy Swazi’ can be realised if we continue to create a competitive forum for our business-people. Our country has a muscle and desire to involve, not only regional but global business players in totality because we are part and parcel of the borderless business world.
"This is well in line with our slogan which we must always align with; ‘Swaziland is Africa’s New Promise," the King said.
On another note, the King called upon Shiselweni folk to make use of the heavy rainfalls experienced lately to have a good harvest.
"I hope with the good rains we are witnessing these days the Shiselweni region will have a bumper harvest. We wish to encourage farmers to take advantage of these rains.
"One of the key priorities for the country is to produce enough food. As we all know, the Shiselweni region is prone to drought and this has drastically affected the production of agricultural produce particularly our staple food maize," the King said.
The Shiselweni Regional Administrator (RA), Paul Dlamini, said the King’s presence at the dinner was testimony to government’s unwavering support, confidence and faith in the drive for socio-economic growth and development in the private sector.
The King then distributed 400 kangas (emahiya) to the attendants and tasked them to attend the Shiselweni Reed Dance fully dressed in traditional regalia.
The event started with a Muslim prayer by Sheikh Shabir.
King hands over E50 000 house to Ntando Dlamini
NHLANGANO - His Majesty King Mswati III officially handed over a house worth E50 000 to a Nsongweni resident living with disability, Ntando Dlamini, during the dinner.
The house, with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and lounge, was constructed by the Essa family who also paid for the installation of electricity and water in it.
The Essa family also presented a television and DVD system to the King, a television to the Indlovukazi, 892 blankets to Philani Maswati Charity Organisation and Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society, Mbabane and Nhlangano Offices.
Sam Essa informed the King that 10 beasts stand to be won during a national tournament to be held on October 13 to promote Under-13 football players in the country.
"Your Majesties, Ntando Dlamini once lived in a classroom at Nsongweni School. Today we are proud to present him with his own house. Your Majesties, we would be humbled and proud for you to present this house to Ntando who is also present here," Essa said.
Ntando was then officially given the house keys by the King. The King then thanked the Essa family for improving the lives of Swazis.
"The Essas are part of the founding members who came up with this noble idea which was conceived 10 years ago.
The Essas have assured me that the Shiselweni region is very close to their hearts because it is the root of their business since they ventured into commercial business in 1976. It is also pleasing to note that they are not only focusing on commercial business but are now diversifying to commercial agriculture," the King said.
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September 17, 2012, 1:51 pm, anonymous
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