James Hall

Swazis pull off jumbo operation

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.

A nation of orphans

Swaziland's largest minority group by 2010 will be children under 15 who will have lost both their parents to Aids. The kingdom faces a boom of parentless children as more adults succumb to HIV/Aids.

The internet will set you free

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.

Swazis have sex workers covered

As awareness of the Aids crisis breaks in Swaziland like a blinding dawn, measures that would have been unthinkable a year ago are now being initiated.

Africa slouches into the information age

Southern African nations are entering the modern information age by hammering out policies to coordinate the growth of information and communications technologies (ICT) in their countries.

‘Muti won’t get you to Parliament,’ king warns

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.

Our man in Baghdad

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.

Public ignore call to strike in Swaziland

Nationwide mass action sponsored by Swaziland's labour organisations to protest against government policies did not achieve its goal of shutting down the country completely

Perils of the road

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.

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