Tich Mataz becomes Swazi King Mswati’s media consultant
By Lance Guma
25 August 2006
Zimbabwean television presenter Tichafa Matambanadzo has landed a job as a media consultant for Swaziland’s King Mswati III. According to the ZimGreats sites ‘Mataz’ as he is popularly known will be producing radio and television programmes on the functioning of the monarchy in that country. Mataz is already living in Swaziland with his new Kenyan wife. The former ZBC presenter built a reputation in South Africa as one of the best radio and television presenters around before his star faded over a deportation scandal. Mataz was deported from South Africa in 2001 over allegations he used false identification documents to work there.
It seems he has put that part of his life behind him after managing to secure a work permit to resume his broadcasting career in South Africa. ‘Apart from his interests in Swaziland, he also does public relations for various companies in Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana and Kenya. Recently he hosted the Miss World Tourism in Tanzania,’ said one news agency report. It’s thought several media houses are vying for his signature ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and King Mswati III jumped at the chance to have him do his PR. Interestingly, former South African president Frederik W. de Klerk also advises the Swazi King.
The King however has a mountain to climb if he is to polish up his image.
Mswati III is Africa’s last absolute monarch and rules by decree. His rule has been criticised for neglecting the welfare of ordinary citizens while he spends the country’s wealth on himself. He has in the past bought a fleet of royal limousines, a luxury jet that cost a quarter of the country’s annual budget and is continuously renovating the many palaces that house his numerous wives. Mswati III banned sexual relations for all Swazi’s under 18 only to remove the decree when he himself wanted to marry a 17-year-old girl who later became his 13th wife.