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MBABANE – Purchase a ticket and stand a chance to win yourself a brand new, Suzuki 1000cc GSX.

The 29 anniversary of the Swazi Rally which will be held at Riders Ranch, Sidvokodvo, saw this year’s grand prize arrive on Eswatini’s soils last Wednesday and is currently held at Extreme Trading in Matsapha. Sponsors for the event are Wesbank through FNB, and ‘new kid on the block’, Galp just to touch base on a few. The bike is bigger and most definitely better than the previous years and Eswatini is the only country in the SADC region who is giving away a brand new bike. New and old sponsors were ready and present, and FNB declared its hand in aid through Executive Head of Retail Banking, Zilindile Friedman. “We see this as an event that connects people and communities, promotes tourism in the country and stimulates the economy. As FNB, we are delighted to once again partner with the Swazi Rally, the bank is sponsoring a bike worth E200 000 to be won at the event this year.


The bike is yet to be paraded at all the FNB branches, at venues yet to be confirmed including all MTN activation shows. These will also show all the hopefuls what is in store for them this year. Offering bigger things, the team has a jam packed line-up from five genres and acts across the continent. The event was brought back to life at their launch which was held August 4 this year, at Riders Ranch. In attendance was the; acting principal secretary, Patron of the Bikers Rally Carlos Paiva and biking community, Eswatini Tourism Authority CE, senior government officials, sponsors and the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Moses Vilakati.

The opening remarks were made by Paiva, who spoke about the rough three years the Rally Team, has had through the loss of lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and reckless driving by motorists. Paiva expressed how this year’s show would serve under the theme ‘Pray for Hope’. It has been emphasised at the launch that a road awareness campaign was introduced to educate road users about the importance of watching out for pedestrians and motorcyclists. This year’s event would attract an estimated over 5 000 bikers and a bigger prize to be won.


The minister in his speech requested that the Woman Farmer Foundation to support the girl child, and look into issues of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and supporting women and children in the country. It’s a rising sensitive issue in the kingdom and a solution is needed.

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