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MBABANE – What was meant to be a weekend of fun and strategic planning for the new year for Swazi TV journalists ended in a damp squib.

The national television station’s journalists had already prepared to travel to the southern town of Nhlangano where the retreat was to be held, when they were informed at the last minute that weekend getaway had been cancelled.

While the reason for the cancellation was not given to the news crew, it has, however, been reliably learnt that this was after management got to know of plans to have Swazi Observer Senior Journalist Ackel Zwane attend the gathering.
Zwane’s presence at the retreat was reportedly being facilitated by a junior newsroom staffer who had not even sought the permission of his superiors.

The junior staffer apparently requested some of his colleagues, who had indicated that they would drive to Nhlangano using their own cars, to give Zwane a ride.

“This was because Zwane could not be accommodated in the station’s vehicle since it is against company policy to do so,” a Swazi TV staffer said.
The matter is said to be a sensitive one and heads are expected to roll tomorrow as management is set to meet over it.
It is understood that when Zwane’s anticipated attendance reached the TV station’s Editor Nkosinathi Dlamini, all hell broke loose.

A source related: “Dlamini was surprised when he was told that Ackel Zwane from Swazi Observer would be joining us in the retreat. What was more surprising to him was that the news of Ackel’s attendance came from a junior officer and not management.

The editor did not waste time but stated that this was not going to happen. He said this was a strategic plan for the news department on how they will carry out their work in 2018 so he wondered how a competitor could be invited to be part of such a gathering.”


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