‘MIN­IS­TER TO TURN ECON­OMY AROUND IN NEXT TWO YEARS’

Swazi Observer - - BUSINESS - Sto­ries by Ma­jaha Nkonyane

THE Min­is­ter of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade Man­qoba Khu­malo has promised to speed up the ex­pected change in the coun­try’s badly per­form­ing econ­omy.

Speak­ing dur­ing the open­ing of OK Foods Mathangeni yes­ter­day, the min­is­ter voiced out his am­bi­tions to see the econ­omy of the coun­try turn­ing around be­tween the next two to five years. Ac­cord­ing to Khu­malo, this will be achieved by groom­ing en­trepreneurs who are pas­sion­ate about Eswa­tini and a vi­sion to see their busi­nesses abroad than to op­er­ate lo­cally.

Com­mended Khu­malo com­mended OK Foods fran­chisee lo­cally Lin­coln Motsa, who has en­sured that his pas­sion and vi­sion for busi­ness con­tin­u­ally opens op­por­tu­ni­ties in places that no one else could think about.

“En­trepreneurs like Motsa are the kind of peo­ple we need as a coun­try, peo­ple whose vi­sion and fo­cus breaks bar­ri­ers. I used to work in Matsapha, and who could have thought that Mathangeni would have such a big store. I want to drive an econ­omy that has more en­trepreneurs like these, who will make it pos­si­ble to turn things around in a shorter pe­riod,” he said.

Khu­malo said the min­istry is greatly en­cour­aged to see bur­geon­ing busi­nesses as they come with the cre­ation of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as the devel­op­ment of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Khu­malo thanked OK Foods for push­ing the en­ve­lope by grasp­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cast their net wide enough to reach the King­dom of Eswa­tini. “A good sound in­vest­ment will al­ways stand out and stand the test of time in the com­mu­nity in which it is placed. An in­vest­ment of this mag­ni­tude needs com­mit­men­tand­pa­tience. “Thi­sis­tes­ta­ment that Linac In­vest­ments has proven that it is pos­si­ble to pos­sess all these to ful­fil not only your dreams as an or­gan­i­sa­tion but ul­ti­mately His Majesty’s vi­sion of 2022 First World Sta­tus for the King­dom of Eswa­tini,” he said.

SORRY?: Min­is­ter of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade Man­qoba Khu­malo pos­ing a ques­tion to David Litch­field, who is the OK Foods gen­eral man­ager whilst do­ing his shop­ping.

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