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EXPECTANTLY, Labour and Social Security Minister Winnie Magagula was gushing when interviewed on the Kingdom of Eswatini’s elevation to the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Who wouldn’t, I wondered loudly, especially given the backdrop of the kingdom’s historical position as enfant terrible of the ILO for her habitual erratic behaviour. Before getting any further, I should state that the ILO victory, if it is that, had not been on my agenda for today’s column not least because it was unexpected.

But it suddenly thrust itself to the fore for a number of reasons, which I will propagate instantly. Originally I was split between ventilating on either one of two issues; the unraveling spectacle in our football apropos the Premier League of Swaziland’s perfidious decision to experiment with a 14-team Premiership next season and; the kingdom’s seemingly insatiable appetite for borrowing substantial amounts of money specifically for uneconomical and unsustainable vanity projects.   

God willing I shall keep both issues, which bear on the tyranny of collective intellectual malnutrition of the nation and a toxic body politic, within my crosshairs for possible interrogation in future columns if still in currency. Indeed these issues reminded me of the following instructive quotation from Abraham Maslow, American Professor of Psychology (1908 – 1970): “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

But back to the matter of the kingdom’s rare success – or is it – story on the international front, especially given its traditional position as the black sheep of the ILO family of nations. Of course Minister Magagula naturally nuanced this country’s elevation on the ILO hierarchy as a victory of sorts in recognition of the strides the Kingdom of Eswatini has made in addressing labour issues that once relegated her to the detested ILO Special Paragraph.

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