INdlovukazi sings praises of United Holdings
… for the love the company has constantly shown to the elderly over the years
About 1 000 elderly people under Sigwe inkhundla were on Saturday over the moon upon receiving special treatment from Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
These elderly people were explicitly excited when Her Majesty handed them with comfortable blankets and food parcels worth thousands of Emalangeni. The Queen Mother also presented school shoes, string bags and throws to 250 destitute children from the same constituency.
This was undisputedly a happy day like no other as articulated by the area’s Member of Parliament David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala, who was smiling from ear to ear as he watched with delight as the day unfolds.
Ngcamphalala expressed his utmost gratitude to Her Majesty for her second historic visit to Sigwe. Interestingly, the Queen Mother remained steadfast on spending good time with her people even under tough conditions. Her motorcade drove through a 20 kilometre gravel road from Siphambanweni to Lulakeni High School, where the event was held. That is not a pleasant road to travel on regardless of your vehicle model.
The Queen Mother spent almost 10 hours at Sigwe. For the whole time, she was enthusiastically watching the festivities and later on interacted with the elderly to whom she distributed the considerably-appreciated blankets and food parcels. Among those present were Emakhosikati to His Majesty, members of the royal family, the Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku, Chief of Lavumisa Prince Gasa WaNgwane and acting Regional Administrator Chief Gija.
In her speech before disbursing the gifts, the Queen Mother implored all those with parents to take care of them if they wanted to receive blessings from God. She openly declared her undying love for the senior citizens, whom she described as the bedrock of posterity and custodians of our history and heritage.
“I feel bad every time I watch the news on television about elderly people that have been killed for their grants. The perpetrators of such cruelty normally do not enjoy a long life,” she said.
Her Majesty repeatedly thanked the company that made the event possible by donating the giveaways she handed over to the elderly and children. The Indlovukazi stated that her charity organisation Philani Maswati came a long way with United Holdings, which is the brainchild of Philip Lobhengula De Sousa.
Indlovukazi sang praises of United Holdings for the love it has continuously shown to the elderly over the years.
“This company has been supporting us for a while now and back then it was known as Dups. It has assisted us by ensuring decent send-offs for a number of elderly people who otherwise would not have been buried with dignity,” she said.
Added the Queen Mother; “I really appreciate and treasure its support.” She also echoed the statement made by United Holdings’ board chairperson Jerome Ndiphethe Msibi that the company had a long history of supporting the elderly.
In fact, Msibi in his speech indicated that United Holdings spent a whopping E750 000 in procuring the goodies for Her Majesty to present to the elderly. He stated that the company was encouraged by the love and fortitude shown by the Queen Mother as she visited all corners of the country to take care of the elderly.
“I wish to explain Your Majesty that United Holdings is fully owned by Liswati. It’s a fast-growing financial services company with a bright future. It has great potential to play a pivotal role in the country’s economy provided it continues to get good support from all Emaswati,” Msibi said.
He further informed Her Majesty that the company was supported by three of its business associates, namely; Eswatini Mobile who forked out E40 000, Standard Bank who donated E35 000 and OK Foods (E25 000). At that moment, Msibi called upon the representatives of all three business partners to rise from their seats for the Indlovukazi to recognise them.
The event’s program was excellently directed by Philani Maswati’s chairperson Lutfo Dlamini, who is also a member of parliament of Ndzingeni constituency. Notable highlights of the event included, among others, the presentation of His Majesty King Mswati III’s praises by a Grade 0 pupil from Lulakeni Primary School and a poem dedicated to the Queen Mother by a Grade Two pupil from the same school.