Manzini Region Municipalities Unite Against Climate Change
…Manzini, Matsapha, Malkerns, Mankayane dedicate next week to joint World Environment Week of Action
In show of unity and collaboration, the four municipalities under the Manzini region will next week dedicate next week to a 4-day joint commemoration of World Environment Week 2022. Working together with their respective stakeholders, the municipalities will from Monday 6th June to Thursday 9th June 2022 rollout a series of green activities as part of a concerted effort to fight climate change. The urban governments of Manzini, Matsapha, Malkerns and Mankayane will take turns in hosting events that are aimed at promoting green choices and sustainable living, clean- up the environment and restore the country’s habitat. The strong coalition of municipalities will not be delivering this first-of-its-kind initiative all by themselves but they have partnered with Yibutse Green !ction, a registered non-governmental organisation whose focus is community- based action for environmental stewardship.
World Environment Day is commemorated globally on the 5th June to create awareness and encourage positive action towards protection of the environment. The global theme for this year is ‘#OnlyOneEarth. Let’s take care of it’. The environmental week of action will be characterised by school exhibitions of upcycled or recycled products, tree-planting for purposes of rehabilitating dongas and prevention of soil erosion, restoration of wetlands, action against alien invasive species, picking of litter and environmental awareness. The pillar objective of the municipal coalition is a demonstration of unity amongst urban governments in the fight against climate change and promotion of environmental stewardship in general. Citizens of the Manzini, Matsapha, Malkerns and Mankayane are encouraged to join the events when it is time for their municipalities to host. The assembly point is the civic centre, and the starting time is 8am. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the World Environment Week of Action has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach; with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet. The following is the hosting schedule:
- Monday, June 6th – Manzini Municipality
- Tuesday, June 7th – Matsapha Municipality
- Wednesday, June 8th – Malkerns Municipality
- Thursday, June 9th – Mankayane Municipality
…ESSAY COMPETITION FOR MANZINI REGION URBAN SCHOOLS
…Prizes include laptop, smartphones, data, airtime, book voucher & painting of classroom
Secondary and high school pupils attending any of the urban schools in Manzini, Matsapha, Malkerns and Mankayane are encouraged to participate in an Inter-School Essay Competition based on this year’s World Environment Day theme ‘#OnlyOneEarth: let’s take care of it’. The competition is sponsored by Macmillan Education Eswatini and Premier Eswatini. Pupils are required to write an essay narrating what they believe is the greatest threat to planet earth as well as what they will do in their individual capacity and working together with communities to save the planet for future generations. A panel of judges has been established and it includes the Eswatini Environment Authority and other stakeholders. Prizes include a laptop, smartphones, data, airtime, book voucher, painting of a classroom and many more. The maximum number of words required is 500; and the essay can either be written in English language of SiSwati. The deadline for submission is Monday 6th June 2022. Only email submissions are acceptable (firstname.lastname@example.org). Submissions should be clearly marked with the name of pupil, school, grade, head teacher and contact number.
…MANZINI MUNICIPALITY EXTENDS WARM WELCOME TO DURBAN TOURISM
The City of Manzini last Friday came to life when the Municipal Council of Manzini, in partnership with Durban Tourism and Eswatini Tourism Authority, showcased the renowned Durban Ricksha Tour Bus in the city. The mood in the city was all merry and cheerful as the double-decker bus made a grand entry into the city. The situation became even more electrifying as the state-of-the-art bus maneuvered on the city’s streets as part of the Durban guests experienced the Manzini Eco-city Tour led by Manzini Municipality’s tourism partner, Bush Travel Tours. A well-coordinated performance by a team of drum majorettes and the Salesian band added pomp and glamour to the spectacular event which lasted about one-and-a-half hours. The event was, amongst others, attended by the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Manzini Regional Secretary, representatives of Manzini ratepayers associations, Manzini Mayor and Honourable Councillors, Chief Executives of Manzini Municipality and Eswatini Tourism Authority and the Durban Tourism delegation. Speaking during the event, the Minister of Tourism expressed
gratitude to Manzini Municipality for welcoming the Durban Tourism delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini. He encouraged the Municipal Council of Manzini and Ethekwini Municipality to strengthen their relationship and make it mutually beneficial in terms of enhancing tourism between the two cities. Meanwhile, Manzini City Mayor His Lordship Quinton Els said the event came at a time when the city was working on positioning itself as a tourism destination of choice. An elated Winile Mntungwa, Chief Executive Officer for Durban Tourism, thanked the Municipality and the Kingdom of Eswatini for the warm welcome.
MANZINI FLEA MARKET
The Municipal Council of Manzini invites you to a flea market on the 4th of June 2022, the Flea Market will be hosted at Louw Street between Bhunu Mall and Eswatini Bank. Tickets for stalls will sold at the Manzini Municipality Civic Offices Rates Hall on the 1st and 2nd of June 2022 at E80.00 each. The general public is encouraged to come and support the event. For further enquiries and assistance send a WhatsApp message to 78082333/79082333 or call our toll-free line 8002004.