MBABANE WANTED OUT OF UMSEBE ACCORD
South Africa’s National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) wants the Nkomazi Municipality to kick its Swazi counterparts from the Municipal Council of Mbabane out of the Umsebe Accord.
The bone of contention is that the union feels that Swaziland does not adhere to human and workers rights’ codes, hence the need to force Mbabane out of the Umsebe Accord.
Mbabane, therefore, waits with bated breath to find out if the prayers by NEHAWU will eventually see the light of day.
Should this eventually happen the local municipal council stands to lose out on the gains accrued from the Accord.
A spokesperson from the Nkomazi Municipality confirmed on Ligwalagwala FM this week that they have been petitioned by the union pertaining to the matter.
Nkomazi Municipality spokesman said their full council will discuss the petition by NEHAWU.
NEHAWU, is a trade union in South Africa, with a membership of 235 000 and is the largest public sector union in that country.
It organises state, health, education and welfare workers.
NEHAWU is affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and Public Services International and the Trade Union International of Public and Allied Employees.
Umsebe Accord, on the other hand, is a tourism pact between the cities of Mbombela, Nkomazi in South Africa, Matola in Mozambique and Mbabane in Swaziland.
A 2014 report reflected that the pact was taken to another level when one of the initiatives to develop and bring relief to local communities was put into gear.
Through the Accord, the four municipalities look into accelerated growth for all four municipalities as they look into growing tourism, business exchange and many others including cultural exchange.
In 2014 they had plans to revive the economic activity within the three countries, one of which emanated from the 2010 World Cup when the 3-In-1 tour was introduced hereby one could eat breakfast in Mbabane, shop around, eat lunch in Mbombela and eventually enjoy your dinner and nightlife in Mozambique all on the same day.
The Municipality of Matola, the Municipality of Mbabane, the Municipality of Mbombela and the Municipality of Nkomazi have established a Multilateral Cooperation Protocol.
These municipalities, further thereto on: have developed and promote cooperation and understanding between the citizens of their municipalities including their respective three countries; are committed with to the objectives of SADC Treaty; Areas of Good Practice as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
They also consider the benefit of friendship and cooperative relations to be established between the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Republic of Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa; are aware of the need of the engagement of all in the fight against any manifestation of Xenophobia;
They also acknowledge that in a world where interdependence is increasingly growing, mutual understanding and good neighbourhood and strong decentralised cooperation are crucial for achieving the goals of the four cities; hereby established an accord of alliance to pursue the following goals:
To promote mutual respect and understanding of the culture and traditions of citizens of each municipality, including cultural exchange programmes;
Promote and safeguard good health of the citizens;
To establish youth and women empowerment programmes on matters of governance and development;
To promote business opportunities and local economic development among the four cities;
To promote technical, administrative and management skills exchange, with more focus on the following areas: Environmental Health Planning Issues Investment promotion/ Local Economic Development Culture and Tourism Finance programme Youth and Recreation To establish exchange programmes for Councilors on matters of common interest in municipal governance
“The goals or pillars of this accord are implemented through festivities that take place either at a municipality to municipality level or during a structured communal festivity for each calendar year that will involve the signatories according to approved plans.
“A formidable task team called the Central Organising Committee (COC) among the Municipalities that oversees the implementation of these plans. This team reports to the technical team comprising of the municipal managers, who in turn elevate matters to the political team of the executive mayors.
“The cities have also agreed that there will be revision of the terms of the Protocol and the orientation of the programmes after five years of implementation, notwithstanding that, within that period of five years, the four cities may agree on new approaches that can be implemented through addenda to this Protocol.
“The present Protocol is a commitment by the four cities and a duty lies on them to ensure, by all means, its complete, full and timely application,” he ended.