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MBABANE – Contributions made during Sibaya last year regarding the demonopolisation of the telecommunications industry made it possible for Swazi Mobile to finally start operating.

Many Swazis had voiced out their wish for another company to enter the market and compete with Swazi MTN. This was according to Swazi Mobile Chairman Victor Gamedze who was speaking during the unveiling of packages yesterday at Gigi’s Restaurant in Ezulwini.

Gamedze thanked all who had made the attainment of the Swazi Mobile going live dream come true. He said if it were not for the pressure exerted on the management, the company would not be where it was today.
Most importantly, he showed appreciation to Swazi MTN for holding the fort in the country for so long. He said the company’s presence was the reason that the need for another mobile service network provider was identified. He said it was through Swazi MTN’s existence that Swazi Mobile made this accomplishment.

Further, Gamedze said the achievement was humbling in that in a short space of time, it had been able to go live, as compared to other operators who exceeded six months. He attributed this success to Members of Parliament for advocating for another mobile service provider in the country.  

In addition, Gamedze said contributions made by members of the public during the Sibaya session that was held last year also contributed in making Swazi Mobile’s dream a reality. “Swazis should thank Swazi MTN for keeping the country burning,” he said, much to the accord of the audience.

The chairperson said it was worth noting that Swazi MTN was one of the best service providers in the world when it came to service delivery and integrity as compared to the networks in other countries.
Moreover, Gamedze highlighted that Swazi Mobile was not quite new in the telecommunications industry, but had been in existence for some time only under a different name. He assured attendants that Swazi Mobile had kept all its promises made to Swazis five months ago. These promises included that the company would avail an opportunity to ordinary Swazis to make investments in the company for as low as E600.

He said to this effect, Swazis would start positioning themselves to stand a better chance of being part of the 100 000 Swazis who own shares in the company when the network goes live, and will have until November 30 to be able to strike a deal with the company.

At least 50 per cent of the shares will be reserved for Mbabane and Manzini folk, while the rest will be distributed around the country. He said when the reserved shares for the remaining regions were sold out; no one else would be able to purchase them. He assured people from remote areas that they should not panic as they would have equal access to the shares as people in the cities.

He encouraged Swazis to make use of this rare opportunity by being part of the initiative, as no one knew when such a chance would come around again. However, he said when it eventually came, people who would already be shareholders would be given preference for acquiring the shares.

Gamedze further emphasised that yesterday’s event was not a launch of the company. “This place is too small for the Swazi Mobile launch,” he said.
He said the event was not a launch but only a tariff unveiling event. Gamedze said if it were a launch, a much bigger venue would do.

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