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By Starsky Mkhonta - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-11-Sep-2009

MINISTER of Natural Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile has thanked the Republic of China on Taiwan for assisting Swaziland.

The minister said the Taiwan government had been of great help in a number of ways in the Kingdom, including improving the lives of the rural community. The minister was speaking yesterday during the official opening of a water scheme project worth E12 million at Ngudzeni Inkhundla. The function was held at the Inkhundla. The project was financed by Taiwan and the government with each paying half the amount (E6 million).

“We shall for ever be indebted to them for what they have done for the people of the Kingdom, financially and technically,” said the minister. She said Taiwan’s commitment had been also shown by their contribution in the Ngudzeni E12 million water scheme project. The project is going to benefit 6 700 people. The minister said the water scheme project was sticking to government’s resolution in achieving the major development goals by the year 2022.

“We are simply adhering to that resolution as in accordance to the national development strategy (NDS) and through other government’s vehicles meant for service delivery to the population. In implementing this programme, the ministry has considered that providing clean water supply and sanitation to rural folk should be a priority. Such a programme is going to spread throughout the country and the targeted areas are those hard hit by drought,” she said.

The minister appealed to the community to take good care of the project. Representing the Chinese Embassy was Paul Lee who said he was delegated by the outgoing Ambassador. Also present was the ministry’s Principal Secretary Bertram Stewart.

Others included Motshane MPs Robert Magongo, Sivumelwano Nxumalo of Sigwe MP Big Boy Mamba. Shiselweni Regional Administrator Paul Dlamini.

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