By Bahle Gama
Eswatini Tourism Authority CEO Linda Nxumalo has encouraged emaSwati to exercise respect towards each other and tourists during the Buganu festival to be held this coming weekend.
Nxumalo said this during a press brief centred on promoting domestic tourism ahead of ETA’s Events Calendar activation to be held in Mpumalanga on Tuesday.
She pleaded that tourists and visitors be well taken care of as they come to the country to celebrate the festival. She said Eswatini was expecting visitors from Mozambique and Mpumalanga respectively, who will be joining in the Buganu Celebration.
“We also encourage that emaSwati also respect each other as well as our visitors because we are known to be a country with very respectful people,” she said.
The CEO also expressed her delight over their partnership with Royal Villas and ENTC to provide services to attendees at the ceremony for their comfort and enjoyment.
“This is in a form of a marquee whereby there will be a buffet by Royal Villas, drinks and a sitting area for anyone who will need any of these services,” she said.
On another note, Rebecca Shongwe who looks at the production of Emaganu products explained how fruit gives more than just the alcoholic beverage but more products including juice, jam and Atchar amongst other things.
“When people hear Emaganu they think about the alcoholic beverage only, when in actual fact, there is more that is reaped from the tree and its fruits, which many have to take note of for their own benefit, at home and as a business venture,” said Shongwe.
She was echoed by Wendi Hleta who is the MC during the Buganu Ceremony who did a brief breakdown on the importance of attending the festival, especially for lutsango as men have Incwala, young girls Umhlanga Ceremony and young men lusekwane.