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By Hlengiwe Ndlovu - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-21-Aug-2009

SWAZILAND has been blessed with a beautiful landscape, but surprisingly, the country is not so clean and the appealing scenery is blemished by all form of litter Prime Minister Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini has observed.

Addressing the media upon his return from Namibia yesterday, Dlamini said it is high time the country was swept clean of all the dirt littered in the highways, towns and the countryside, especially in the wake of government’s drive to attract the droves of tourists who will be attending the 2010 World Cup. He said people should brace themselves for one of the biggest clean-up campaigns which would be held in Swaziland soon but also stressed that the success of such an exercise would be determined by everyone’s full cooperation.

“In terms of cleanliness, we have learnt a lot in Namibia. “Windhoek, the capital town of that country is very clean. In fact, the Namibians pride themselves in having one of the cleanest cities in Africa.” Dlamini encouraged Swazis to emulate Namibia’s good example. The prime minister arrived through the Ngwenya Border Post yesterday after attending the Boundless Southern Africa grand tourism expedition where he represented His Majesty King Mswati III.

The expedition was attended by all nine SADC Heads of States in which one Africa’s most colourful modern day explorer Kingsley Holgate passed through. The prime minister left the country early this week, and his delegation comprised of three Cabinet ministers. They are Macford Nsibandze, who is the Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Dlamini, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development and Hlobsile Ndlovu, the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs.

The Boundless Southern Africa Brand is a means of marketing the various transfrontier conservation areas in the region. Holgate and his team left Durban on May 11, driving across demarcated routes, spotting areas of interest for visitors, mingling with communities and spreading the message of conservation. “Holgate delivered all that he picked during this expedition, and everything will benefit Southern Africa next year during the World Cup in South Africa,” the prime minister said. The prime minister said the Sikhuphe International Airport, which will be completed before the World Cup begins next year, places Swaziland in a good vantage point to attract tourists to the country.

Meanwhile, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Pastor Lindiwe Gwebu said she had met with her counterpart in that country, and the mayor and councillors of Windhoek, where she learnt about the sophisticated waste management methods used by that country.

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