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The Critical Importance Of Training Your Employees

The importance of training your employees – both new and experienced – really cannot be overemphasized. 

What does training and development, mean to your organisation?

Training presents a prime opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all employees, but many employers in the current climate find development opportunities expensive. Employees attending training sessions also miss out on work time which may delay the completion of projects. 

However despite these potential drawbacks, training and development provides both the individual and organisations as a whole with benefits that make the cost and time a worthwhile investment. The return on investment from training and development of employees is really a no brainer.

So what are the benefits?

• Improved employee performance 

• Improved employee satisfaction and morale 

• Addressing weaknesses 

• Consistency 

• Increased productivity and adherence to quality standards 

• Increased innovation in new strategies and products 

• Reduced employee turnover 

• Enhances company reputation and profile 

Training can be of any kind relevant to the work or responsibilities of the individual, and can be delivered by any appropriate method.

For example, it could include:

• Public Training

• On-the-job learning

• Mentoring schemes

• In-house training

• Short-Term Training solutions

• Benchmarking

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Swaziland can reach first world, but …

SWAZILAND can reach the first world status, only if it adopts the right approach to budgeting, which is the programme-based budgeting.

This was said by Sterling Afrika’s facilitator Austin Bolatimi. He said this last Thursday during a workshop held at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, which was themed: ‘Prioritising public sector and resource allocation in hard economic times.’

The workshop, which was organised for MPs who are in the finance session al committee, started on Monday and ended last Thursday.

It was facilitated by Sterling Afrika Training and Consultancy, which is based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Bolatimi, when making his presentation, said he had seen that the country was planning to attain the first world status by 2022. He saw this on one of the bill boards along the Manzi ni Mbabane highway. The facilitator was of the view that the country had to adopt budgeting that focused on programmes aimed at developing the country, like adopting the public private partnership (PPP).

He said the PPP would help in skills and job sharing between the organisations that would be taking part in the projects.

Example

He also made an example of King Mswati III International Airport in Sikhuphe. He said the airport was one of the projects that showed that the country wanted to reach the first world status, but it should be part of a programme that included many projects to take the country where it wanted to be. He also advised the country to break down its development plans into shorter periods in order to easily achieve its goals.

It would also be wise for the country, Bolatimi advised, to empower its citizens, especially the youth in sectors of science and technology. This would help the country to be able to use the infrastructure it was developing to become the first world status.

Opportunities

This would also give more employment opportunities to the country. He said this after he was asked by Mangcongco MP Patrick Pha Motsa. He wanted to know what the country had to do to stimulate employment, especially amongst the youth.

Bolatimi also advised that it was imperative for this country, or any country for that matter, to instil a good budget performance in government ministries and departments. He was of the view that the ministries or departments that did not implement developmental programmes should be penalised for that. There was no way in which punishment could be avoided and expect development.

Bolatimi’s sentiment, however, was met with mixed feelings, especially Uganda’ s Member of Parliament( MP) Abraham Byandala. He said the problem was that at times, the punishment could be unfair on other ministries and departments.

Byandala, a former Ugandan cabinet minister, said some resources were distributed late to the projects that were supposed to be helped. Even banks could not be efficient in approving loans that would finance the projects because the financiers like the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) were always in and out of countries. So it took a long time for them to approve loans to finance projects. Bolatimi said it was important to also look at the conditions when assessing the performance of government ministries and departments. It was also important to assess the performance of ministries tasked with disbursing funds that had to finance projects.

Published in the Swazi Observer on 2 May 2017 by Mbono Mdluli Matsapha

Revived MPs hope to influence sensible budget for the country

MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) hope to influence a sensible budget for the country from now onwards.

The glimmer of hope from the legislators comes after undergoing a workshop where they were taught on the importance of proper budgeting for any country, especially in times of economic or financial crisis.

The workshop started on Monday and it is expected to end today at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha.

The workshop was aimed at educating MPs who are members of the finance sessional committee in the House of Assembly.

The workshop is facilitated by Sterling Afrika Training and Consultancy, which is one of the reputable organisations in matters concerning business and finance management.

The local MPs were participating with their counterparts from Uganda in the workshop.

The Ugandan MPs are said to have a long working relationship with Sterling Afrika, a company based in Pretoria, South Africa. The facilitator was Austin Bolatimi, who is a Cameroonian national, but based in Pretoria.

The theme of the workshop is: “Prioritising public sector budget and resource allocation in hard economic times.”

Local MPs are represented by Mangcongco MP Patrick Pha Motsa, Ludzeludze MP Bambumuti Sithole, Nhlambeni MP Frans Dlamini, and Dvokodvweni MP Musa Sitezi Dlamini.

About 13 legislators from Uganda are part of the workshop.

Motsa and Sithole have expressed hope the country would improve now that they had taken part in this workshop. Sithole said he believed the workshop would now enable him to help the minister for finance to come up with a sensible budget for the country. Sithole narrated that the workshop gave them more insight into the oversight role that should be played by the MPs in ensuring the Cabinet budgeted to develop the country. “I am optimistic that from now, Parliament will now have informed MPs in budget matters and things will never be the same from now. We have seen that we have to practice programme budgeting, instead of income-oriented budgeting,” Sithole said.

When asked to clarify between the two, the Ludzeludze lawmaker said the programme-centred budget was focused on putting up a budget that would finance developmental needs of a country. An income-centred budget only focused on balance between income and expenditure. The MP also learned that at times, it was good for a country to budget for a deficit, only if that deficit was aimed at developing the country, not just to increase salaries of civil servants and politicians. Motsa, who is the chairperson of the sessional committee, said there were many things he learned from the workshop so far.

He said he now understood why budgeting was always centralised. That, according to the MP, was informed by the finances collected by the state institutions, like the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA). The government workers who determined the budget also had access to the financial performance of government, so they would always be able to plan budgets with the available resources.

Published in Swazi Observer on 27 April 2017 by Mbono Mdluli

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