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Minister of ICT Launches SPTC's Long Term Strategy To Staff

The Honourable Minister of ICT on Wednesday, at Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha, unveiled a five year strategic plan initiative dubbed “SPTC Transformation – Our People, Our Journey, Our Success” that is aimed at helping SPTC to secure its position as a market leader in the Postal, Telecommunications and ICT industry in Swaziland. The event was graced by the Minister of ICT Mr. Dumisani Ndlangamandla, Ministry of ICT PS - Prince Sikelela Dlamini, ICT US - Mr Bhekithemba Gama, Senior Government Officials, representative of the Regulator SCCOM – Mr Thulani Fakudze, SPTC Chairman of Board - Mr Simon Mthunzi, SPTC Managing Director – Mr Petros Dlamini, SPTC Board Members, Dr. Bishop N. Shongwe, SPTC Management and over six hundred SPTC Staff members.

Addressing SPTC Board, Management and Staff, Honourable MP Dumisani Ndlangamandla said, "Swaziland is in her quest to achieve first world status by 2022. This is a bold vision that requires each and every sector to operate at its best possible form to ensure that Swazi citizens derive maximum satisfaction in terms of service delivery and economic growth".

He said the Telecommunications industry was no exception and to this end, Parliament passed the Swaziland Communication Commission Act and the Swaziland Electronic Communications Act in 2013. The ICT Ministry had in-turn produced 14 regulations with the assistance of the International Telecommunications Union that will operationalize these two Acts.

These legislations will transform the telecommunications sector. The Honourable Minister stated that it was indeed a fact that the transformation of the industry began with the establishment of the Swaziland Communication Commission (SCCOM) whose mandate is to regulate the sector and ensure compliance with the law. The Regulator also takes over the universal service obligation from SPTC. Many more changes will be witnessed in the sector said the Honourable Minister, such as the unbundling of Telecom to establish Wholesale and Retail as well as Postal to be a stand-alone entity as part of the compliance with legislation.

The Honourable Minister noted that it was encouraging that SPTC is ready for these changes as shown by the development of the strategic plan. He cited that the strategic plan had been duly approved by Cabinet early 2015 and went on to re-assure Management and Staff of SPTC that no retrenchments would result from this transformation, and as such, that the Government of Swaziland, as the Shareholder, would like to see all staff members work together to take the organisation to greater heights.

The Honourable Minister concluded his address by stating that as a Category A Parastatal, Government expected SPTC to be profitable and contribute to national coffers by declaring dividends. He noted that the Corporation could only do this if it has a forward-looking vision, offers innovative products and services, and is customer centric. The Ministry of ICT fully supports SPTC in its endeavour to implement key focus areas that will ensure the sustainability of the Corporation over the next five years.

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