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GOOD GOVERNANCE AND GOOD GOVT

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Today I chose to write a bit more about good governance and as I do so, it would be appropriate to cite the elements of good governance first which are: the Rule of Law and Transparency.

Good governance requires that the rule of law should always involve legal fairness and justice through fair legal frameworks that are enforced by impartial regulatory bodies for the full acquisition of fairness and justice for all citizens irrespective of colour, gender, social status, sexual preferences, religion, age, race and political affiliation.
Transparency is yet another very important character and ingredient that is imperative for good governance to prevail. This means there should be open and corrupt-free systems in the government’s public and administration offices to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the citizens and the guests of the country but transparency alone without accountability is very important.
While transparency is very important, it is accountability that ensures civil service is productive and efficient at duty stations.

Usually it is the easiest thing to call civil service to account because most job categories are measurable and quantifiable as such performance targets are visible and measurable, even though the benchmarks will always be different and sectoral according to different job categories, e.g. it is easy to measure as to how many cans of coke can be produced per hour at a brewery, but you would need a different benchmark to determine the productivity of the school and productivity in a factory.
But this becomes even difficult in politics to measure productivity, because a country may have many natural resources and still be poor, others may have fewer natural resources and be very rich and progressive. Others may not have natural resources but empower their human resources such that they produce a populace that is dynamic, innovative and creative to an extent  that out of thin king outside the box they become highly economic  and competitive. Some of these countries without natural resources are countries like Japan and Singapore.

One country with a limited number of natural resources but use what they have effectively is Botswana, some countries in the African region who have ensured that they pump more money into human resource development have eventually been able to import skilled labour and professionals abroad. These people are employable wherever they go in the global village.
I am happy to say Swaziland did well in the past as we can showcase some of our own people working abroad but unfortunately, in as far as the education standard at the moment is concerned, we have undoubtedly dropped the ball. Unfortunately, we have dropped the ball in industrialisation and mining over the years, while mechanisation and technology has reduced labour intensiveness in industries resulting in a loss of jobs.
Remember we used to produce  televisions, mine coal at Mpaka, mine asbestos at Havelock mine, produced kraft pulp at Usuthu Pulp, produced paper at the Swazi Paper Mills, mined diamonds at Dvokolwako, mined iron ore at Ngwenya and again for different reasons, we dropped the ball.


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