…Gov­ern­ment has a big­ger role to play

Observer on Saturday - - News -

or­ring­ton Mati­wane has stated that the Swazi na­tion needs its gov­ern­ment to take a lead­ing role on how it can iden­tify its strength in a bid to forge its path on that.

He said the is­sue of Asians is not only unique to the coun­try and be­cause Swazis know their strength there is need to limit them in re­tail to con­cen­trate where they are good at. Mati­wane said gov­ern­ment has a big­ger role in kick-start­ing ma­jor de­vel­op­ment and en­ter­prise pro­grammes to sharpen the skills of Swazis to own the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. He fur­ther said a na­tional ap­proach can be help­ful as a cer­tain part of the re­tail in­dus­try can be specif­i­cally for indige­nous Swazis. He said the ap­proach is be­ing done through the Swazi­land Ci­ti­zen Em­pow­er­ment Bill that is be­ing read­ied for Par­lia­ment.

The SEDCO man­age­ment also dis­closed that the com­pany is work­ing with en­ac­tors on the Grad­u­ate En­ter­prise Pro­gramme that fo­cuses on the ter­tiary, col­lege grad­u­ates who are un­em­ployed in turn­ing their skills they pos­sess into for­ma­tion of com­pa­nies that can cre­ate em­ploy­ment for them and other peo­ple. Themba Dlamini fur­ther dis­closed that they also ex­posed them to un­matched op­por­tu­ni­ties through their incubation pro­gramme. SEDCO Strat­egy Man­ager Themba Dlamini fur­ther said they are also co­op­er­at­ing with Enec­tors and Ju­nior Achieve­ment pro­gramme pro­gram as they are also en­gaged by the or­gan­ised ini­tia­tives. “We know they do the so­cial en­ter­prise that we are look­ing at the link­ages to en­sure the pro­gramme can con­tinue to blos­som even af­ter the stu­dents com­pletes their project but they must con­sider it as a vi­able busi­ness not a project,” he added

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