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The Nation - March 2011

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Even the defenders of the Tinkhundla system can now admit that this system has been a spectacular failure. What’s more is that it is now destroying its most loyal servants. Everything seems to be falling apart in this country. The centre can no longer hold. The drop in Sacu receipts has exposed the weaknesses of this political system once dubbed unique to the world.

Picture of the Deputy PM and the PM at the opening of parliamentInsight

The cut in Sacu revenues really put the spanner in the works for Swaziland, not just economically but also politically. Our dire financial position has exposed the fact that we do not have any systems in place for self sustenance. There is
simply no space for growth whatsoever. Even though King Mswati is trying to rally us into working towards our economic recovery, the present political climate just does not allow for it.


OpinionImage of a radio mast

The level of criticism for failure to get things done in this country is well documented. Perhaps it is time we now start looking for solutions to the problems we face. Incessant criticism does not help. Solutions to our problems is what we now need. The Jozini saga, the problems in the MTN-SPTC matters, are some of the issues where solutions are there to take this country forward. All we need to do is identify these solutions and implement them.

Pic of the delectable Zodwa MabuzaEconomy

International donors are not very keen on pouring money into this country because we are considered a middle-income country. However, much of the country’s wealth is concentrated on a few individuals who only constitute ten percent of the population. Minister for Finance Majozi Sithole sees ours rank status as unfortunate. We are a country whose party has come to an end. We need to start looking very closely at how we spend our money.

AgriculturePicture of a man and a woman looking at an overflowing river

The recent heavy rains have brought smiles to the people of Siphofaneni and surrounding areas. After many years of drought, these people will now harvest their own food. Food donations may be a thing of the past. A dam built in the area by Swade is overflowing. The river that feeds the dam has burst its banks. However, those living close to the dame fear that crocodiles and hippos might move in.

Image of Dr SibandaEnvironment

Even though climate change remains a serious concern, the funds to manage the impact of this glogal phenomenon has become a contentious issue among the groups fighting for a reduction in industrialised countries of those gas emissions that are ruining the environment. Industrialised countries promised money in the billions of dollars but the poor countries, who are supposed to mitigate the environmental impact of poor climate conditions are not getting the money.

The Nation - March 2011

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EDITOR Bheki Makhubu

Dr Sikelela Dlamini
Alfred Dlamini
Aphelele Maseko
Sikelela Hlatshwayo


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