Doped up on the tranquiliser Azaparone 11 glassy-eyed ''baby'' elephants stood as still as a life-size frieze on a Lost City hotel wall inside their individual metal shipping crates. An operation that Swazi conservationists said saved the lives of these elephants was carried out in secret last week.
Africa's editors are today communicating more and more through the internet, forming members-only chatrooms to exchange thoughts on the issues that confront the continent. But while such an exchange is welcome, the editors are worried that their privileged access to the internet may distance them from the vast majority of Africans.
When King Mswati III dissolved Swaziland's Parliament this month in anticipation of October elections, he sternly warned prospective candidates not to murder innocent people in order to harvest their body parts to make a "muti" to bring good fortune.
A scheme was concocted in Swaziland to place a "correspondent", announcer Phesheya Dube, right in the heart of Iraq, without any expense, inconvenience or possible danger. In fact, he would not even have to leave the mountaintop capital of Mbabane.
Martin, who owns one of Swaziland's more successful road freight companies, was faced with a choice: to order the execution or to free two South African tsotsis found with his hijacked truck in Gauteng.