CANGO extends appreciation to MPs for allaying nation’s fears for reversing further deferred SODV Bill

Fears that the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence (SODV) Bill might be again deferred were quickly eliminated after Members of the House of Assembly accepted the amendment of the upper House of Senate to increase the consenting age from 16 to 18 years.


Held through majority vote by Members of Parliament, the Senate’s only amendment was adopted by the Assembly putting the SODV Bill No of 2015 further closer into being an Act of Parliament.

The Assembly which had earlier adopted the proposed age of consent as 16 accepted with little reservations Senate’s amendment to 18 years, as Senate’s sentiments were communicated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Dlamini. These included enlisting other laws which are in conflict with the Bill to move for repeal, Lobamba Lomdzala MP Marwick Khumalo submitted.
The Bill will fully become an Act once it receives His Majesty the King’s signed pronunciation.
For two parliaments, civil society, including CANGO and consortia members have advocated and lobbied for stronger deterrence as a form of addressing widespread domestic violence and gender-based abuse, CANGO Communications said, adding that their fears that history would repeat itself were now put to ease.





pressCANGO wishes to notify the public, stakeholders and partners that due to the nation’s call to Sibaya People’s Parliament by His Majesty the King Mswati III on Wednesday 20th June 2018, the commemoration event of the Day of the African Child, Eswatini  which was planned to take place at Shewula has been rescheduled. New date and the venue are yet to be confirmed.

Finance Bill of 2018 Press Release


The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in the Kingdom of Eswatini is concerned on proposed 30 000 Emalangeni proposed fees   for citizens that have a wish to marry non Swazis or Swati’s.  This proposed amendment under Part XIV of the Finance Bill of 2018 imposes a huge fees  for citizens of the Kingdom who have an interest in marrying foreigners. The Finance bill proposing to amend the Citizenship act of 2000 proposes a 2000 Emalangeni pre application fee for those requesting citizenship through marriage. The Finance Bill then proposes a further 30 000 Emalangeni fine for those that have been granted citizenship by marriage.  Both the pre application fee and citizenship costed each 100 Emalangeni under the citizenship act of 1992.

While CANGO does not oppose increments where they are justified, however we feel the government of Eswatini should exercise caution and adjust such increments in view of the prevailing economic situation in the country where the poverty levels are still above 65% as stated in so many national and international documents and the ordinary Swati is struggling to have a meal a day. By increasing the cost of inter marriages for ordinary Swazi citizens, the bill proposes to limit the extent of people in the kingdom enjoying their Bill of Rights as articulated in the Constitution of Eswatini . CANGO notes that the free movement of people across borders and association has been high on the regional integration agenda for SADC and African Union member states, primarily because of the prospective trade gains that are associated with it. Free movement of people across also represents a powerful boost to economic growth and skills development when people can travel with ease for business, tourism, cultural exchanges, social reasons or education. Everyone benefits from a country that opens up their borders as well as the country whose nation is on the move, as seen in the growth in remittances in recent years. The Finance seems to be against the spirit of globalization and free movement of people for better personal growth either through marriage or employment opportunities.

Inter marriages have played a crucial role in promoting relations between tribes and nations from time immemorial. It was used to even diffuse tensions between warring factions during in the past. Emaswati have inter married with South Africans and Mozambican nationals indicating that all this nations view each other as equals the number of marriages between the members of this Bantu groups holds information about the nature of the contacts between these nation. Escalating costs of citizenship suggests that we are becoming hostile to inter marriages and individuals must pay huge fees for attempting to marry outside our borders.

Surely many marital ties between the members of different groups indicate social contacts like friendship between nations.  Furthermore, the children of different groups must have the opportunity to meet each other—at school, in the neighborhood, or during leisure activities. Moreover, if intermarriage among the members of different groups is a common phenomenon, this indicates the degree of positive of negative social contact, or social distance between those groups. The Bill imposes a harsh penalty for citizens of the Kingdom marrying outside their own. This violates the citizen’s rights.

CANGO also noted that the Finance Bill objects are not clear and there is neither motivation nor justification for the sudden increase in taxes. The government of Eswatini has failed to articulate a clear position which part of the society motivated for such increases. The lack of objects of the Bill which one can then understand the motivation behind the Bill seems to suggest that this is a resource mobilization exercise for the national treasury.

Emmanuel Ndlangamandla (Mr)
Executive Director

International Albinism Day: 13 June 2018

albino.jpegPeople with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

In some communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.

On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.

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Joint Press Statement by CANGO, SNEMA and SWAMMIWA on the 2nd Alternative Mining Indaba 2018


Panelists from Eswatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique sharing messages of slolidarity during the 2nd Kingdom of Eswatini Alternative Mining Indaba.


Joint Press Statement by CANGO , SWAMMIWA & SNEMA on the 2nd Alternative Mining Indaba 2018

  1. Background

Coordinating Assembly of Non-Government Organisations (CANGO) working with the Swaziland Migrant Mineworkers Association (SWAMMIWA) with financial support from OSISA hosted the Second Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) in the Kingdom of Eswatini from the 5th to the 7th of June 2018 at Sibane Hotel.

  1. Theme

This year’s Alternative Mining Indaba theme was, “Making natural resources work for the people: Addressing local legislative gaps.”

  1. About the AMI

A regional movement held independently by local member’s countries from the South African Development Community (SADC), the main goal of the alternative mining indaba is to present an alternative voice, the community voice, to that of corporate who meets yearly during the Mining Indaba. Furthermore, it is hoped that the AMI will, through effective advocacy, enhance transparency and accountability in the governance of natural resources and lead to a continent that extracts minerals sustainably and distributes natural resources revenues equitably. Its objectives are:

  • To provide a platform to empower communities affected and impacted by the extractives industries to reclaim their rights through the formulation of alternatives;
  • To advocate for transparent, equitable and just extractives practices in the management, governance and distribution of national resources through policy and legislative reform;
  • To create meaningful decision making processes for communities, advocating for just national and regional policies and corporate practices;
  • To provide space for engagement for the inter faith communities, governments, CSO’s and private sector to share information and experiences and;
  • To provide space for the inter faith community to lead and accompany affected and impacted communities.
  1. About the workshop

This platform served to create spaces for civil society and communities affected by mining activities to discuss issues pertaining to:

  • Overview of mining in the Kingdom of Eswatini;
  • Key tenets of the African Mining Vision;
  • Transparency and accountability by the mining companies;
  • Position of the church on the extractive impact;
  • The socio-economic impact of labour migration;
  • Impact from extractives industries in the region and mineworkers’ post-employment rights.
  1. CANGO Executive Director Mr Emmanuel Ndlangamandla

In his remarks, the Executive Director of CANGO Mr Emmanuel Ndlangamandla highlighted that the workshop served to help the ex and current mine-workers, communities and widows affected by mining with the necessary information on how they can best be assisted in terms of compensation and other related issues. He expressed gratitude from the government ministries, departments, and partners from the region in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa for attending the mining indaba.  He stressed the need to critically examine the whole mining value chain from; granting of mineral rights, engagement with mining communities, environmental management at mining sites, corporate social responsibility, mining contracting and licensing, mineral production, revenue transparency and wealth distribution for the neglected members of society in Eswatini. He further noted that the mining sector in the country had been relatively unnoticed by civil society organizations with the consequence that little or no advocacy being done in the area for years. He stated that the mining indaba presented room for dialogue on the extractive industries in Eswatini and hopefully will forge a way forward on ensuring that natural resources work for the people in the Kingdom.

  1. Mr Vama Jele (Executive Secretary at SWAMMIWA)
  • He spoke widely on the domestication of ratified international and regional instruments, including the harmonisation of the African Mining Vision of 2009.
  • He said that such policies within SADC could ensure that issues of the movement of people across the borders and the declaration of TB in the mines would be speedily addressed as there is an existing SADC Code of Conduct.
  • He also said there should be the opening up of labour migration spaces in the region and the portability of social security whereby migrant workers are given the same opportunities and are able to have access to the same social security services.
  • While labour migration policies are appreciated, he said there was a need to make them people-centric, taking into consideration the submissions made during this conference so that we stay true to the theme: “Making natural resources work for the people”.
  • “Focus to be placed on the renewal of agreements with South Africa in line with international standards and regional frameworks, ensuring compliance and involvement of communities related to the issues surrounding licensing and corporate social investment, we are of the view that these mechanisms could address most vulnerability and the burden of communities and members of families, environmental aspects, economic and socio-cultural issues,” he said.
  • He also mentioned that pollution born by mining does not affect employees but impacts as well on the health, vegetation, water and the air we breathe.
  • “We then call upon companies to address issues related to health, community water contamination, destruction of the vegetation’s life cycle and infrastructure such as damaged houses,” he said.
  1. Statements of solidarity
  • CSO representatives from the region (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa) emphasized the importance of advocacy with the aim of achieving greater collaboration with government.
  • Charles Kombe Mulia from Publish what you pay extended an olive branch to Eswatini to work together to strengthen advocacy, for Eswatini to go to Zambia or the Zambian delegation to come to Eswatini to support collaboration. He expressed that this would be important in ensuring that the practices used in Zambia can work in Eswatini, emphasizing the need to involve government. In this regard he stated that “government is not an enemy but a partner of civil society, we are not there to castigate but to advice, if government makes a score we have to appreciate them, embrace them, support them and if they make a mistake, advise them, do not criticize, offer solutions.”
  1. Key Resolutions
  • Devise a strategy that will include the government, mineworkers, unions, organisations, CBOs and NGOs. SWAMMIWA will commission a baseline study that will investigate issues on impact from extractive industries as it relate to migrant workers (both current and former) and affected by mining communities.
  • Further will facilitate through Ministry of Labour and Social security to conduct a strategic nation-wide road-show in Eswatini to track and trace those who have funds within their schemes.
  • Continuously engage government on key issues raised during the conference.
  • SWAMIWWA will be commissioning a study that will focus on knowledge, attitudes and practices on asbestos related diseases and environmental impact.
  • SWAMMIWA call up on CSOs and CBOS to support campaign on registration of miners (deceased and alive) suffered from TB and Silicosis to register for the TB and Silicosis lawsuit which has been settled between gold mines and ex-miners. Miners and family must provide miners passport, makhuluskop, work records, medical records, ID and if deceased death certificate, marriage certificate will be addition to these documents. If survived by only children they must provide additional birth certificates

Statement issued jointly by: by CANGO, SWAMMIWA & SNEMA.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Mphile Sihlongonyane, Programmes Officer: Coordination, CANGO at (+268) 24044721

Mr Vama Jele, Executive Secretary at SWAMMIWA at (+268) 2207 7739

Voices of people from eSwatini affected by mining activities in SADC

Real stories about real people about mining that you didn’t know about.

Mr Clement Shongwe

(Summary of problems encountered: unfair dismissal for unintentional rules breach. This is his account)

unfair dismissal

Mr Shongwe was unfairly dismissed for unintentionally breaching mine rules.

“We were not supposed to report injuries at work because it would affect the whole group ending up losing their bonuses. When you have been admitted for a long time in hospital, your employer will not treat you the way he used to. He will abuse you. At training centres we were not taught about safety but how to take care ourselves at work, behaviour at work. Before starting work, given a book written in English and were made to read the rules and regulations of the mine. But most of us could neither read nor write in English. We were compelled to sign without allowing us to get assistance in understanding the content of the book. That’s why I was unfairly dismissed because I unintentionally breached some of the rules due to lack of understanding.”


MR Shongwe Ephraim

(summary of problems encountered: injured in line of duty without medical care)

injury“I worked in a gold mine in Durban from 1970 to 1989 earning 33 cents per day. I then worked in a platinum mine in Koria between 989 to 2001. That is where I was dismissed for injuries. I was using a hammer to break stones. While performing my duties as usually, my back born was completely broken. The mine refused me an accident report to go to hospital. They told me that I was already off-duty. The following day I went to hospital due to the severe pains. I had sleepless nights. I was not given the proper medical attention up until I was advised to go to a medical doctor in Froncrase. I went through an ex-ray and they said I had completely broken bone. They supported my back with pedicle screws. My leg cannot function properly now.

“Since that I could not perform hard labour, the mine company refused to admit that I was injured at work and fabricated lies about my injury to prevent compensation for injury at work. While I thought a white captain from safety department came to my rescue – he called and forced them to sign my accident report – but instead of telling the truth, the story changed again they said I was injured on my neck.

“I still have the pedicle screws in my back and I cannot sleep properly. I can no longer satisfy my wife in bed. Every morning at 2 o’clock I wake up in pain and have a tough time trying to get back to sleep. What is more painful to me now is that the medical doctor said he cannot remove the pedicle screws and referred me to other expensive doctors whom I cannot afford.

“My elder daughter dropped out of college due to lack of tuition fees. The other kids no longer go to school. I cannot afford to pay their school fees. I thank Mduduzi Simelane (Magawugawu) for connecting me with SWAMMIWA.”


  • Mr Sibambo

(a TB patient who had his lungs filled with gold mine dust sent home to die)

lungs“I started working in gold mines in 1979. I have been diagnosed with TB and have suffered from it a long time ago. Due to the sickness, I was sent packing. The doctors said I have got a sore in my lungs. I never got paid by the mine. I have spent too much money on transport to clinics for medication. TEBA is not helping at all. I have been there for countless times but they did not want me to engage SWAMMIWA to defend my case. They called my wife and asked her whether I was still alive. In the past few months they wanted my bank account and promised to deposit the money in a month’s time but up to now I haven’t received the money.”

Make Doris Dlamini

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA(a widow from Kukhanyeni inkhundla)

“My husband started to be sick while working at a gold mine in South Africa. It wasn’t long until he started by losing weight and uncontrollable coughing. The in-laws took him to traditional healers and for a short while he was able to return to work. But he later came back home very sick and with an envelope that contains all his work and medical documents. I was not allowed to see the documents. My in-laws took him to hospital and I was not allowed to accompany him. He later died of TB leaving me with a physically disabled 6-month-old baby. All the documents were destroyed (burnt) by the In-laws and I never understood why. Since he died, we have been living in poverty. There was never compensation. I wouldn’t want the same to happen to anyone else. That’s why I can advise mine workers to reveal all the work-related information to their wives.’’

Make Motsa

“My husband started working in a South African gold mines in 1952. He kept on changing the mines. In 1988 he was told that he was suffering from TB and he was promised to be paid all his money soon but unfortunately, he could not return to work because of the sickness. In January 1989 the sickness got more severe and I took him to RFM hospital but he never got any better. He was later transferred to a hospital in KwaZulu Natal where a little difference was recorded. Unfortunately, he lived with it until the sickness became worse and he passed away in 2016.”

Make Ncebeleni Shongwe

“My husband came back home with an eye problem. He told me the cause was the dust from the mine. When next he visited, he told me he had TB but I never saw any medication of it. On another visit he told me that he was HIV positive and he showed me the treatment. As if that was all, he came back home again with a chest injury. He said he was injured buy a stone while at work. It was a very serious injury because he would cough substances of blood. At some point, he went back to South Africa for a long time without coming back home. I was later told that he was very sick I should come and fetch him. I went there and found that he bought land and had a home with another woman there. He died there and was buried by the second wife. I was not allowed to attend his funeral. My in-laws lost all the important documents of my husband.”

Local Miners from Havelock Mine

  • Peter Mdluli

asbest“I started working at Bulembu Havelock mine in 1975 to 2000. We were working with asbestos. Almost all the people I worked with are dead due to cancer (maboya) caused by the dust from the stone. I got sick a long time ago and no one is willing to help us. Even now I am still sick; I can feel severe chest pains. Up to now we have not been paid compensation and are starting to give up.”

  • Charles Shabangu

asbestosis-symptoms“I started working in 1973 at Havelock mine at the laboratory grading the quality of the asbestos whether it was good or bad. We worked in very dusty areas. They later gave us masks to try to protect ourselves from the dust. The mask did not help at all because we were already sick (coughing and having chest pains). They later closed down the mine but we have never got compensation. No one wants to help us. Our friends are already dead and it’s very painful to us and to our families what we have endured there.”


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The Swaziland Elections Support Network calls for action to protect living with Albinism

albinismThe Swaziland Elections Support Network under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland, the CATHOLIC COMMISSION FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE (CCJP): CARITAS Swaziland, the Federation of Organisations of People living with disabilities (FODSWA) and the Council of Swaziland Churches are concerned about the lack of measures that will protect people living with albinism. The chairperson the network, Miss Tjengisile Shabangu of World University Services Swaziland said that the elections support network would like to see government, civil society and local leaders take up various actions to stop this public menace in defense of women, men, girls and boys living with albinism throughout the country especially during election time. Albinos are usually targeted by people who either simply want to sale parts of their bodies or believe albinos have mystical powers in their body parts that would make someone rich and or win an election. Continue reading

CANGO condemns ritual murders


The Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) Secretariat, the Gender Consortium, the Childrens Consortium, the Human Rights & Governance Consortiumand the Swaziland Elections Support Network all under the umbrella of CANGO and all CANGO memberd strongly condemn the recent spate of murders for ritual purposes including the abduction and killings of children. The different Consortiums under CANGO further call for appropiate measures to be taken to protect all people living with albinism as they are usually affected the most by elections through murder and kidnappings for ritual purposes.

Recently released statistics indicate 180 murders have taken place since Janaury last year‘ which is alarming with rape taking the toll of all 1 518 crime statistics at 1046. The statistics further indicate that armed robberies (227) and passion killings are at 39 which is a serious concern. The killing of another for any ritual purpose has not been proven to bring fortune nor has it paved the way to riches but rather signify an evil, barbaric and criminal activity. We believe this is a superstition and a myth.

As if it’s not enough that they have placed everyone, mostly children, people with albinism and women at high risk, these people want to and will continue to benefit economically taking money for self-enrichment while at the same time perpetuating evil and inhumanness if they are not stopped.The right to life i clearly articulated in the country’s Constitution and United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We would like to appluad the Royal Eswatini Police Force in its swfit action to repond to the recent spate of crimes. We would also like to congratule the Royal Eswatini Police Force in the current ongoing efforts to adress GBV through consultations with key stakeholders to develop a strategy around violence in Eswatini. We urge the government of Eswatini to continue implementing systematic policies and strategies aimed at eradicating violence in Eswatini and further prevent further systematised similar myths.

We would like to congratulate both houses of parliament for approving the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill . This shows political will to adress the current scourge of Gender based violence. CANGO and her members sttans ready to support any effort, initiative and efforts by His Majesys government to adress Gender based violence in Eswatini.

What to do to minimise abduction, stalking and killing?

 Be more vigilant of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the police.
 If a vehicle looks suspicious and wants to give you a lift, we propose you use known public transport.
 Children should be encourage to travel in groups when coming or going to school and or be accompanied by parents/guardians if possible. Communities are urged to be vigilant of any suspicious activity.
 Teachers, parents and guardians must take all necessary steps and precaution to make sure that children get home safe.
 Keep your house doors locked at all times to minimise easy entry into houses.
 Blow the whistle on all crime and keep vigilance and form neighbour hood watch programmes to assist the police.