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‘S’GCOKO’ BOUNCES BACK

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EZULWINI – Sigcokosiyancinca is back. The Eswatini Television Authority Board, through its Chairman Carol Ngcobo’ yesterday announced that Bongani, Austin, Sigcokosiyancinca Dlamini was back as the station’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This was during a press conference held at Sibane Hotel.


After seven months, the national television station Board reinstated Dlamini as the CEO. Ngcobo, when making the announcement said, it gave them great pleasure as the Board to announce, “The re-engagement of Bongani Austin Dlamini known as Sigcokosiyancinca as the substantive CEO of Eswatini Television Authority.”


Ngcobo said Dlamini was well known and his re-engagement was with immediate effect and would be for a period of three years. She stated that Dlamini brought with him extensive leadership experience and knowledge in the broadcasting industry. She said what Dlamini brought to the table was valuable and pragmatic experience to the station.


Experience


“His leadership, experience, the ability and the skills that we required as a Board is exactly what we found in him,” Ngcobo explained.
Ngcobo pledged the Board’s full support to the CEO and added that they expected the station’s management to work with him. She said the Board was aware that this was an enormous task for Dlamini, which encompassed a lot of expectations and talk.

She expressed the Board’s confidence in that he would carry out the station’s mandate.Ngcobo also expressed gratitude to those who supported the station, including those who acted as CEO in Dlamini’s absence. She also thanked viewers for continuing to watch the station.


After the press conference, the media was excused without asking any questions. Ngcobo, Dlamini and the Board remained behind as members of the media walked out of the room.


Present at the press conference was the STVA Board, managers, about five reporters and other employees of the television station. Some reporters smiled and greeted their reinstated boss as he walked majestically to the press conference room.


Before it started, Dlamini and the Board went to the press conference venue together, with him and Ngcobo leading the way. The two shared light moments and smiled as they walked to the press conference. Dlamini’s glow gave it away that he would be announced as the CEO.


Attempts to get comments from Dlamini were not successful as when called, he said he was in a meeting and asked to be called later. When later called, he did not answer his mobile phone. The last attempt was made at 7:10pm.


Engineer


In January, our sister publication, the Swazi News reported that Vusigama Khumalo was appointed as the station’s acting CEO. Khumalo was roped in from the Ministry of ICT where he held the position of Senior Communication Engineer.
The publication quoted former Board Chairperson Nozizwe Mulela to have confirmed Khumalo’s appointment and further said he would continue acting until the recruitment process was finalised and in line with the Public Enterprise Unit (PEU) requirements.

The publication further reported that after Khumalo’s appointment, Dlamini, in an interview, stated that he had not bid goodbye to the station. He reportedly stated that the new CEO should have first been consulted, then the Board before he was approached. “It is only then that I can explain if I have left the station or not. However, at the moment I have no comment because this matter involves me.”
When told that the Board had confirmed Khumalo’s appointment, he stressed that he would comment about the role he has played at the station after leaving it.
Asked to clarify what he meant by saying he had not bid farewell to anyone, he rhetorically said: “Ngigcina lapho,” (That is all I can say).
In jest, Dlamini pointed out that he would have hosted a braai for his friends if he was leaving.

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