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/ 24 April 2008

Who killed Pudemo leader?

Officially, Swazi opposition leader Gabriel Mkhumane died at the hands of criminals when he was shot dead in Nelspruit at the beginning of this month. But fellow opposition supporters reject the official explanation for his murder and believe that he was assassinated by government operatives.

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/ 26 March 2008

Swaziland defends hefty party bill

The government of Swaziland, one of Africa’s poorest and most Aids-ridden countries, has defended plans to spend nearly ,5-million on celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of independence. The opposition has called for the celebrations, which will also mark King Mswati III’s 40th birthday, to be scrapped or scaled down.

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/ 29 November 2007

Hundreds homeless after storms lash Swaziland

Hundreds of people have been left homeless in the landlocked kingdom of Swaziland after a severe storm wreaked havoc, disaster officials said on Thursday. Ben Nsibandze, chairperson of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 76 households had been given tents and blankets after the heavy rains that began sweeping through Swaziland on Tuesday.

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/ 2 August 2007

Swazi unions threaten further action

Trade-union leaders in Swaziland have threatened more strikes to force Africa’s last absolute monarchy to reform, arguing that the lack of democracy is crippling the economy. A two-day strike, the biggest in a decade, brought the tiny landlocked country to a standstill last week, and union leaders are threatening further stoppages.

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/ 26 May 2007

Josephs helps Bafana squeeze through

Down on two occasions in a protracted, vacillating penalty shoot-out, a youthful Bafana Bafana team won 5-4 on penalties after a goalless and sparsely attended Cosafa Cup game against Malawi at the Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane on Saturday afternoon. The ultimate hero of the game was goalkeeper and captain-of-the-day Moeneeb Josephs.

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/ 17 April 2007

MDR-TB: Sixty cases detected in Swaziland

At least 60 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have been detected this year in the Southern African kingdom of Swaziland, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Swaziland’s TB programmes manager, Themba Dlamini, said that none of those with the disease had died but added that they had all been placed in isolated wards in hospital.

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/ 15 April 2007

Mswati marries wife number 13

Africa’s last absolute monarch, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, has secretly married his 13th wife, whom he chose in 2005 amid outrage over her age, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Phindile Nkambule, now 19-years-old, was attending high school in the capital Mbabane before she dropped out in 2005 to assume royal duties.

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/ 12 February 2007

Sundowns progress in Africa

Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns qualified for the second round of the Confederation of African Football’s Champions League at a canter in beating Royal Leopards 2-0 in a second-leg, first-round game at the Somhlolo Stadium on the outskirts of Mbabane, Swaziland, on Sunday afternoon.

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/ 2 February 2007

Circumcision fever begins to sweep Swaziland

Male nurse Moshoeshoe Makhubu has helped in many circumcisions but is visibly nervous as he prepares to undergo the snip himself, a procedure he grudgingly admits may boost chances of remaining HIV-free. In Swaziland, staying clear of the virus is hard as close to 40% of adults are living with HIV/Aids, the highest infection rate anywhere in the world.

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/ 22 June 2006

Swazi govt dismisses threat to expel pupils

Swaziland’s education minister on Wednesday dismissed a threat by school teachers to expel more than 69 000 orphaned or poor students in Swaziland because the government had not paid their fees. ”There is nowhere in law where such a provision exists … It is government’s policy that they should all go to school,” Constance Simelane said on local television.

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/ 2 May 2006

Swazi emerald carpet set for Sunshine Tour

The Royal Swazi Sun Golf Club in Swaziland’s majestic Ezulwini Valley promises a wonderful challenge for the Sunshine Tour field arriving for the R550 000 Samsung Royal Swazi Sun Open, which tees off this week from May 3-6. The evergreen course, playing to an increased yardage of 5 983m, has now grown into several changes affected by course superintendent Gaerun Wilkinson over the last two years.

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/ 28 March 2006

New Swazi firebombing targets police flat

A police officer’s flat was firebombed in Swaziland in the first such incident since the release on bail of 16 opposition members accused of staging a string of arson attacks, an official said on Tuesday. The attack on Monday targeted an apartment in eastern Swaziland, about 200km from the capital, Mbabane, police said.