SA has a good story to tell - Swazi ambassador

2014-05-14 15:33

Pretoria - South Africa has a good story to tell after 20 years of democratic government, Swaziland's ambassador to SA said on Wednesday.

"Swaziland agrees that South Africa has a good story to tell as you celebrate 20 years of democracy," Ambassador Senzangakhona Dlamini told President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria.

Zuma welcomed new ambassadors from Kazakhstan, Serbia, Swaziland, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

During the launch of its manifesto and its election campaign, the governing ANC used the "good story to tell" slogan to highlight its achievements in the past 20 years.

Dlamini said his country had good relations with South Africa.

"I am honoured to be in charge of enhancing the good relations we have between us," he said.

Kazakhstan ambassador Talgat Kaliyev congratulated Zuma on last week's general elections.

"The government and the people of Kazakhstan congratulate you on the successful elections. I look forward to enhancing the prosperity of the people of our two countries," he said.

South Africa and Kazakhstan would co-operate in areas such as mining, renewable energy, and construction, said Zuma.

  • Julian Booyens - 2014-05-14 15:36

    Must be the swazi gold talking

      Alecia Calla - 2014-05-14 15:50

      This is really all thanks to our President Zuma. Long live.

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-05-14 16:09

      How much did that comment cost the tax payer.

      Jeremy Forbes - 2014-05-14 16:47

      Na the King needs another wife and we need to pay for it, after all we use to it.

      Ria Cook - 2014-05-14 17:24

      Free electricity for the whole of Swaziland for the next five years!

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-05-15 13:24

      Not Swazi Gold . Zuma gave them a " loan"

  • Mc Apple - 2014-05-14 15:42

    Wasn't Borat and his sister from Kazakhstan?

  • liz.fivaz1 - 2014-05-14 15:48

    Nice to be wined and dined and riding on the back of Madiba's success! Did he tell these ambassadors what he achieved and stole from the poor? I bet NO!

  • Donald James Rishworth - 2014-05-14 15:56

    Clearly the Swazi ambassador doesn't have high expectations......... we really should've achieved so much more - one step forward and two steps back.

  • Richard Young - 2014-05-14 16:01

    Freaking joke !

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-05-14 16:10

      Drunk talk around the fire pool.

  • Joe Black - 2014-05-14 16:04

    Yeah? Then maybe he can advise Mswati that they should follow in our footsteps.

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 10:31

      That would be the biggest mistake. Even though it is a kingdom, it is more free, and fair than South Africa. The king does more for his people than any of our greedy politicians do. It's a pity the IMF and world bank don't consider cows as valuable assets. Pity they don't recognize that as a Swazi your cows graze on the kings land for and twice a year they get dipped and checked by the kings vet for free. Just because it is a kingdom where "they" can't do as they please, like they have done in the rest of Africa, they want the king OUT at all costs, they focus on any minor scandal, and even invent stories to discredit the king. King Mswati is an educated man who did not choose to be king, he was born and groomed for the office. He does more in real terms for his people than ANY southern African rulers.

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2015-01-19 11:14

      Brendan.....he was taken out of school in England before he could finish high school. He was installed immediately as King as Swaziland in those years 1982-1986 was facing serious political instability nearing a Coupe De Tat. He doesnt own the land, he holds it in trust for the Nation. The only land he owns is the one titled Crown Deed Land, the rest is privately owned or belongs to the Nation. ON the VET issue, i am a Swazi that's just Government coffers, and FAO financing those free Dipping Tanks you are referring to...He doesn't own the VETS, those are government employees funded by Tax Payers coffers. He doesn't own government . He is the symbolic Head of State as any Kingdom. Just coz he is a King doesn't give him the liberty to dip his hands in tax payers coffers endlessly without shame and regard for the nation. I will agree with you that they have tried all means possibly to degrade, attack and vilify him for any minor mistake he makes just to demonize him and destabilize Swaziland and they have failed in most cases.

  • Wouter van der Merwe - 2014-05-14 16:12

    @Mc Apple: Some scenes in the Borat movie were filmed in Romania and not Kazakhstan. The actor Sacha Baron Cohen made things up as he went along. The majority of Kazakh people are amazing, friendly and probably more educated than most South Africans. Go look at the buildings in Astana and you will find it is on the same level as modern cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Get to know people and their culture first, before you make ignorant comments based on a "low class" movie. Is it possible for you to distinguish between fact and fiction?

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 09:05

      I agree with you, the very same can be said for Swaziland, it is a brilliant country, more free and fair than any other southern African country, South Africa included. I have lived there, and often return for short trips! I wish we had a king who does as much as he does for his people. Nothing good, of which there is much, is ever printed in the media here. There is a concerted effort to discredit him at all costs. I can't believe some of the blatant lies told about Swaziland, their king and their culture. I personally have found it to be more democratic than the fake democracy most western countries have. The traditional system of running the country( Tinkundla)works very very well, similar to Switzerland's, which is the worlds closest thing to " direct democracy",and an individual has more say and personal rights than in South Africa!

      Bongie Repanga Simelane - 2014-07-16 08:27

      no this man is full sh*t im telling you. He keeps on doing one thing over and over again. What he does he give his children and wives what they want. And you telling me that they hate Swaziland that y they took it out. Of agoa NO! Thats a lie. The Swazi leaders are greedy, stingy, stupid and any thing you can think of

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2015-01-19 11:18

      Bongie Rapanga Simelane....just coz we were removed from AGOA don't mean nothing. USA made serious demands to have Swaziland retained in that list. Typical of America they asked us to make transformation of the country based on what they perceive Swaziland should be like. Please read up before making such comments...I'm a Swazi and i live here. I known whats going on. Dont be misled by the Media and cheap sensationalist reporting...

  • Psywulf - 2014-05-14 16:13

    o bua marete a gage oo kare yalo vele di moskont tsa swaziland tse sotlang batho hulle me $e klaar punt!

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 10:37

      You just believe all the trash they write about him, he is a better leader in the real sense, than any of our greedy politicians who fight to get the power, he never chose to be king, he was born to be king,the only people who want him out have a very nasty agenda.

  • Thandokuhle Ntsibande - 2014-05-14 16:13

    RSA not better than Swaziland. Its goverment and leadership same.

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 10:42

      The Swazi system is much better than ours. It is closer to a true democracy, even though it is a kingdom than we are. The king and his mother do so much more for the people than ours and even many so called first world countries. I think Swaziland is far better than South Africa in many aspects. The king is loved by the vast majority of the people. Those who want him gone, have very nasty agendas. Just because swazis hold there customs and culture close, does not mean they are backward, in fact they are more modern and educated as a nation than any countries around Swaziland. Crime and corruption are not the problem we have, and children still respect the elders.

      Bongie Repanga Simelane - 2014-07-16 08:30

      yep and I dont know y they were so foolish to elect him again

  • Alice Pretorius - 2014-05-14 16:31

    And why is this news?

      Calisile Ngeny - 2014-09-22 22:54

      for what,,, stop talking what u dnt know guyz en learn to mind ur own business coz Mswati doesnt owe any fool at all

  • Edward Radingoana - 2014-05-14 16:39

    If a Swazi Dictionary does not have the words "Elect or vote", how will he understand democracy?

      Gift S. Masango - 2014-08-04 11:22

      Now i'm convinced that most South Africans know nothing concerning SD. You can tell by the way they comment.

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-05-14 16:48

    Of course you would say that - how many times has SA bailed Swaziland out of some financial crisis or another. Besides you certainly benefited from Chancellor House buying into your coal mines. So there is no bad story as far as you are concerned.

  • Bongeka - 2014-05-14 17:06

    Where is that place called Kazakhstan? I never heard of it.

      Sebenzile Sweetpayne Menziwa - 2014-05-14 17:31

      If you have heard of afghanistan and uzbekistan they are in the same region.

      Bongeka - 2014-05-15 00:44

      okay, thanks Sebenzile.

  • Leon Pieterse - 2014-05-14 17:08

    Pity the same cannot be said for Swaziland

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 09:16

      It can, there is a concerted effort to discredit the royal house and Swaziland in general, by the western media. When you live or stay there you see how blatant lies are constantly published in the media, Swaziland applied for a loan from South Africa, which was never taken up as the strings that where hastily attached, after it was granted where not only unfair but completely irregular by any international standard. Please go there and see for yourself before you comment like a parrot.

  • Venicia Williams - 2014-05-14 17:54

    ofcourse u will say that Mr Ambassador...afterall the swazis are practically living off SA's taxes!

      Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-15 10:22

      You have no clue do you? Go there and see the truth for yourself. Swaziland DOES NOT live of South African taxes. To run Swaziland for one year costs R7 billion, which it earns from iron ore, paper wood and pulp products from its extensive forests, which is run sustainably, and tourism. So please don't comment if you don't know! Swaziland never took the loan from South Africa due to strings attached at the last moment.

  • rudi.robinson - 2014-05-14 21:51

    And a story will always be just a story blah blah blah

  • John-Phillip Saayman - 2014-05-15 01:22

    If I hear "good story to tell" one more time

  • jungleboy - 2014-05-15 13:10

    Oh shut up. You work for a corrupt king that is a parasite. Stupid idiot

  • Brendan Robert Harrison - 2014-05-16 05:10

    I can't believe the orchestrated agenda that is being perpetuated against Swaziland and king Mswati the 3rd by the western media, and how gullible the average person is to believe it. It is a well run country and has a lot going for it as a kingdom. There are many challenges and problems in Swaziland, as there are in EVERY country in the world, but it is way ahead of those trying to cripple the system and the king. In Swaziland China and the US don't run the country and they are fuming at not having the power they have in the surrounding countries. Most of the bad media Swaziland gets is either blatant lies or at the least misleading. Any good news from Swaziland is suppressed and buried, why is that? Swaziland has the best HIV care in Southern Africa, where the one a day antiretroviral has been available free to any person who tests positive for more than a year,they have also tested more people per capita than any country, and do more for people with the disease than ant country around it. Swazis where also reported to be the happiest people in the world in a global study last year, yet I never see or hear about it. Swazis are more educated and better read in my experience than most other southern Africans. The vast majority love the king and are very happy with the way he runs the country. Those who want him out have a variety of reasons that suit a very narrow agenda.

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