The Standards and Quality Act, 10, 2003 provides for the appointment of a Council to oversee SWASA meets its set mandate. The Council’s functions are to administer, manage and control the affairs of the authority such as, formulation of policies which will give general guidance to the Authority, and monitor finance issues. The Act stipulates that the Council be made up of:
1) A Chairman, who is a public officer.
2) Not more than four persons who are public officers and one of whom is a representative of the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Finance,
3) Not more than three persons who shall represent organised industry and commerce and possess commercial and industrial knowledge of issues concerning standardisation and quality of commodities.
The first SWASA Council was appointed by the Hon. Minister of Enterprise and Employment in 2005 and comprised of:
Dr Noah Nhleko Chairman
Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta Secretary
Dr. Mduduzi Mathunjwa Member
Mrs. Zodwa Mabuza Member
Mrs. Ndinini MashwamaMember
Mr. Henry Shongwe Member
Mr. Mxolisi Fakudze Member
Mr. Henson Dlamini Member
Mr. Patrick Lukhele Member
This Council were to oversee the establishment and growth of SWASA for the sunsequent three years following their appointment. On expiry of their contract in 2009 the Minister, now Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade apponited a fairly new Council which mainly comprised professionals from the private sector. The Chairman of this Council is an Academic from the University of Swaziland. The New Council is made up of:
Mr. Mandla MliphaChairman
Dr. Lomkhosi MkhontaSecretary
Mr. Wandile HlatshwayoMember
Mr. Henson DlaminiMember
Mrs. Phindile BhembeMember
Mr. Mbuso KingsleyMember
Mr. Mxolisi FakudzeMember
Mr. Sipho NxumaloMember
Mr. Mluleki DlaminiMember
The Quality Assurance Department will be the custodians of the SWASA mark for quality as it is through this department that quality testing and certification will be carried out. The department’s functionality will depend on local industry utilizing the Swazi National Standards that will have been developed by the Technical Department and further seeking to be certified ...
SWASA will be disseminating standards addressing technical problems in various sectors and will be encompassing many professions. People involved in these sectors and others will be invited o partake in Technical Committees. The sectors already identified are:
- Fresh Produce
- Prepackaged stuff ...
- In order for the people to be able to implement the standards, they must understand exactly what is implied in the various paragraphs within the standard. Standards-based training may be facilitated by SWASA staff or it may be done by a subcontracting company. Based on the type of standards that are on demand it is envisaged that SWASA may offer more than 10 courses per year. Training on standards forms part of the Standards Marketing Strategy of SWASA, since, as more people understand standards, the more they will be willing to implement them ...
The Swaziland Standards Authority’s Information Centre is a reference point for technical information on standards and quality issues within the Technical Department, and its basic objective is to provide a means for acquiring and disseminating information on standards and related matters from and to the stakeholders. Information is availed to SWASA clients and general public through the print media, radio, the SWASA website www.swasa.co.sz and by visiting the Centre ...