Swaziland Scout Association

Scouting in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Scouts Thirst for Life project hires 3 youth

BUHLEBUYEZA – The Swaziland Scout Association (SSA) has offered three job opportunities to its young members. The trio will work on full-time basis for the 'Thirst for Life' (TFL) joint project by local and British Scouts.

The three Scouts are Mangaliso Ndaba (23), Hezekiel Tfwala (23) and Nkosinathi Nxumalo (22). SSA National Executive Commissioner, Steven Mavuso, introduced them to Chief Madzanga and his inner council at Ebuhlebuyeza Royal Kraal on Saturday. Also present at the brief occasion were SSA International Relations Commissioner, Rodgers Lukhele, SSA Executive member and administrator of the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial hospital, Learnard Dlamini. Others include SSA Hhohho Regional Commissioner, Siziwe Mavuso, SSA Property and Equipment Commissioner, Alfred Mkhatshwa. Members of the TFL project team were in attendance. SSA Ambassador to the TFL project in the UK, Ndoda Dlamini attended the introduction ceremony.

Ndaba, Tfwala and Nxumalo are from Manzini, Lubombo and Hhohho regions respectively. They are all out of school youth to, which the project has provided a job opportunity to them. SSA will cover their living allowances and pay for all their expenses incurred related to the project. The trio will implement all the project activities with the help of a yet to be identified project co-ordinator. Their jobs include preparing for the official land hand-over by the chief of the area. They will also work on the procurement and safe keeping of the project material.

The occasion marked the start of the project, which aims at constructing a development centre. The centre will include a cultural village, a campsite, a farm site, and a skill centre. The project also includes a picnic site with accommodation facilities. The purpose of this project is to develop Scouts from all over the country and residents of the community in a number of ways. SSA will work in collaboration with the community in this project. Scouts of Avon County in the United Kingdom pledged support to the value of E150, 000 and they will send 20 to provide manpower in July this year.

The project will be constructed at Ebuhlebuyeza immediately after a sod cutting ceremony scheduled for March 19.

On another note SSA Chief Commissioner, Richard Magongo has called all Scout leaders in the country to an extra-ordinary meeting on Saturday, March 12. The meeting will take place at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial hospital, also known as, the Nazarene hospital in Manzini. It will start by 10am and all Scout leaders and commissioners are urged to keep time. Members of the national executive will also attend this meeting. The acting Chief Scout, Peter Mtetwa will also attend the meeting.