Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini, eldest daughter of Swaziland ruler King Mswati’s 24 children, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of MTN Swaziland. The princess, who turned 25 this week and is older than the youngest of her father’s 14 wives, carries on the tradition of Swazi royal family members granted top positions on local corporate boards.
Serving with her on the board is former Swazi MTN CEO Themba Khumalo. Khumalo returned to the country after serving as CEO of MTN in Rwanda and Uganda.
“All big companies in Swaziland have to accommodate royal family members to their boards. The princess’s appointment signals that the time has come for a new generation … to enjoy that privilege,” said one Mbabane-based investment consultant.
Royal family members are on the boards of public and private enterprises, and are appointed by King Mswati, who is titular head of the royal Dlamini clan, to local, regional and national public bodies, including parliament and the Swazi Senate.