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By Bahle Gama | 2019-09-11

MTN Eswatini has been shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Awards 2019.

The three categories MTN Eswatini was shortlisted in were; Employer of the Year: Platinum (under organisations that have 50 to 249 people), The Reward and Recognition Award and The Social Responsibility Award. 

The nomination by IPP for the Global Employer of the Year Award: Platinum was initially disclosed by MTN Acting Chief Executive Officer Sibusiso Nhleko during the company’s South African Board of People Practices (SABPP) accreditation celebration held in the country early last month.

The announcement he made was recently confirmed by the release of the awards shortlist by IIP on their website (

He revealed that a panel of experienced judges would be reviewing the shortlisted entries to determine who will be taking the trophies on November 19 in the United Kingdom (UK).

“In the two decades that MTN Eswatini has operated in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the company has learnt that people are its greatest assets, thus giving birth to our mantra ‘People Matter’.

 Therefore, we have prioritised the continuous transformation and improvement of the people agenda within the company. Key to this approach has been our people centric culture, striving for best in class people practices and continuous learning and benchmarking,” he said.

He said that for the Employer of the Year: Platinum nomination, MTN Eswatini is under a size band of organisations that have 50-249 people. Stating on what makes MTN shines in people management, he said that this resulted from the company’s mantra “People Matter, further stating that their commitment to the people agenda started a few years ago when they started a journey of benchmarking and seeking accreditation from international bodies.

“Our aim has always been to learn, improve and eventually test ourselves against global standards. We believe this will be critical to make our business a great place to work and achieving our new strategic ambition of building an appealing employer brand in the country,” he said. As a result, he stated that in August 2016, MTN Eswatini was Gold Accredited by IPP, which is based in the United Kingdom (UK) making it one of two operations in the MTN Group of companies, to achieve this milestone. And, two years later, MTN Eswatini received Platinum accreditation, a first in the Group and in Africa and part of the only one per cent IIP participating organisations worldwide.

Nhleko said the company remains committed to hold itself to the highest possible human resources standards, put people at the heart of the business, develop future leaders for both the company and the country and embrace innovation and drive a vibrant corporate social investment program.

“All these are critical enablers for our business in the digital age,” he said.

MTN Eswatini, a subsidiary of the MTN Group, is the Kingdom’s leading mobile telecommunications company. Since inception in 1998, the company has led growth in the digital and voice market to become the biggest mobile operator in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The company is currently leading growth opportunities in the data and ICT space. To date, MTN Eswatini has over million subscribers.

IIP said the Investors in People Awards 2019 had been their biggest and most competitive year to date.

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