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MBABANE – If you are fan of gifted writer, Swazi News Editor Phephisa Khoza, cherish tomorrow’s publication as it will be his last.

Khoza, who was one of the longest serving member’s of staff, is leaving the company after 22 years of service. At a farewell function hosted yesterday, the Publisher, Paul Loffler, wished Khoza well in his new endeavours in farming and retail business.

Loffler said Khoza made an immense contribution to the growth of the Times over the years and played a pivotal role in the new direction that it has taken.
According to Loffler, Khoza has been one of the main pillars of the company given his vast experience and had been a role model of the Investment In Excellence (IIE) programme, adopted by the company to empower staff to realise their true potential. He said Khoza was a true reflection of what it meant to get out of one’s comfort zone.

Managing Editor Martin Dlamini described Khoza as someone who had served the company diligently, starting off as a Sports reporter before he joined the Business Desk and eventually became night editor. Khoza then assumed the role of Swazi News Editor.
According to Dlamini, it was a huge challenge for the company to come to terms with Khoza’s departure. “The team, colleagues say thank you for the immense contribution you have made to the company.”

Dlamini said naturally, as people we tend to get comfortable where we are but Khoza had taken a step to show us how to get out of the comfort zone.
Bidding farewell to his colleagues, Khoza said he found it hard to really express the sadness of having to leave the company. “This has been the hardest decision to ever make,” Khoza said.
However, he said the decision was not taken overnight but there had been a lot of consultation with his family and others close to him.
He said with the change of approach and adoption of the IIE, he had gained so much knowledge and growth during the sessions. Khoza said he has been getting comments that it was not good timing to leave as the economy was not right but he needed to test himself with what he had adopted.  

Thobeka to act
Meanwhile, Managing Editor Martin Dlamini announced that Thobeka Manyathela, the Entertainment Editor, would act as Swazi News Editor in the meantime. He appealed for cooperation and support for Manyathela and the Swazi News staff as they continue to produce a copy of equally good standards for the publication’s loyal readers.

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