KING INSPECTS 1ST WORLD PROJECTS
Tours Convention Centrer and Hotel 50000 capacity stadium site New Parliament site Referral hospital and Unversity
HIS Majesty King Mswati III yesterday visited various sites earmarked for massive development that would change the country’s landscape.
One of the ongoing projects he visited was the under contruction International Convention Centre and Five-Star Hotel (ICCFISH) at Ezulwini.
Upon witnessing the massive progress made on the ICC, His Majesty the King applauded the technical team and staff for the work done so far.
The King commended the teams and said he was happy about the progress done and urged the teams to work towards finishing the project in time. His Majesty made the brief remarks after an almost two-hour tour of the project which is set to change the landscape of the fast developing Ezulwini Town.
The King, who was joined by cabinet ministers, members of parliament, emabandla and business leaders took time to get details about the components of the facility which include auditoriums, conference rooms, theatre and a number of meeting areas of different sizes among others facets.
His Majesty also inspected three proposed sites where other projects will be done in Manzini, Elangeni and Nkhanini.
The three upcoming projects are a world class 50 000 seater stadium, a new parliament building to be built at Nkhanini and a national referral hospital which will include a university and a research centre at Elangeni.
On the stadium front, the country had toyed with the idea for years, but the inspection of the site by His Majesty the King means that work on drawings and actual contruction may start any time soon. The King started the tour below the existing Mavuso Trade and Exhibibition Centre, facing the Old Trade Fair where the proposed stadium will stand.
Minister of Public Works and Transport Lindiwe Dlamini, her Principal Secretary and their technical teams briefed the King about the site they have identified to set up the project.
After posing a few questions on the location and the adequacy of the space allocated, the King blessed the site and told officials to continue with the project.
The next stop was Nkhanini, where the new parliament will be constructed. It will face the Mdzimba Mountains and the Mababane-Manzini Highway with the new road which is underconstruction linking Ludzidzini and Lozitha areas will pass closer to the site. The King was also happy about the site after satisfying himself about the details as briefed by Minister Lindiwe Dlamini and parliament officials who assured the King that the location was a perfect spot for the new legislative house. Once complete, the new parliament house which will now accommodate more numbers will be visible from the highway facing the Mdzimba Mountains.
At the same time the proposed referral hospital which will also have a university and research centre will face the parliament from the Elangeni side and the iconic Sheba Breasts Mountains above Mantenga.
Interviewed about the project, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Makhosini Mndawe said these are just proposed sites, stating that it was the beginning stages of the multimillion Emalangeni projects.
He said the King was shown the sites so that he can appreciate and bless them.
“The next stage will be the submission of designs by the different companies who will bring their proposals. We have already extended invitations to companies to tender for the designs of these projects which will be closed by the end of the August. It will after this stage that we will be able to have total costs of these projects as well as projected time frames of starting and completing these projects” he said.
WORLD CLASS: His Majesty being shown the world class theatre which is still under construction.