Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Si­mon Sha­bangu Ezul­wini

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.

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