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Government cracks down on protesters

Swaziland soldiers and police turned away demonstrators from Mbabane and the union group was declared illegal, leaving the protests quite futile.

Suffering Swazis want change

<b>Louise Redvers</b> reports that ordinary people are losing patience because of the worsening economic crisis -- but the king has no answers.

No silver lining for Mswati as storm clouds gather

King Mswati III of Swaziland has cancelled plans for a lavish "silver jubilee" as his kingdom tries to claw its way out of a financial crisis.

Judge’s delay keeps Swazi protest leaders in jail

Two leaders of the pro-democracy protests in Swaziland will stay in jail for now after the judge, who lives near one of the men, recused himself.

Crackdown on Swazi activists ahead of protests

Swazi cops raided homes and detained activists amid claims of torture, on the eve of protests against King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch.

Swazi opposition slams vote as ‘window-dressing’

Observers monitoring elections in Swaziland expressed concerns on Friday over the exclusion of political parties in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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.

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.

Tens of thousands of jobs disappear in Swaziland

Sugar production and textile manufacturing in Swaziland are on their way out, taking tens of thousands of jobs with them. Just how far Swaziland's employment figures have deteriorated is evidenced in research being carried out by the International Labour Organisation.

Swaziland Aids caregivers stretched to capacity

Swaziland's home-based caregivers are too few and too poorly paid to cope with the growing numbers of bedridden Aids patients, but in the absence of adequate health facilities and trained professionals, they are seen as the immediate answer to a national emergency.

Swaziland faces another year of declining growth

How is a small country to compete in a global marketplace where size is rewarded? Case in point is the tiny Southern African country of Swaziland, nestled between geographic giants South Africa and Mozambique. Its neighbouring countries also have booming economies, while Swaziland is mired in its 10th year of declining economic growth.

Why Swaziland’s maize pricing needs a revamp

While Swaziland's soaring HIV prevalence and the spending habits of King Mswati III are issues that often land the country in the headlines, problems also loom on another front: about a quarter of Swazis are currently dependent on international food aid. Just more than 100 000 tonnes of the staple food, maize, will have to be imported in the coming months

New Swazi ad campaign targets teenage HIV rates

A new advertising campaign aimed at curtailing teenage HIV rates by promoting abstinence is using a combination of traditional and modern values in its appeal to Swazi youth. The SiSwati phrase "<i>Ngoba likusasa nelami</i> [because tomorrow is mine]" has been chosen as the theme of the initiative, which got under way with full-page advertisements in Swaziland's two national newspapers.

Changing face of home-based hospice care

Aids has accelerated the death rate in Swaziland, causing home-based hospice care to expand into an entire support system for affected families. According to the health ministry, the country has the world's highest HIV prevalence rate, with 42,6% of its adult population infected. Fifteen years ago, hospice patients were primarily cancer victims; now a substantial number are HIV-positive.

Swaziland summit to tackle unemployment

Creating more business opportunities to counter rising unemployment is expected to take centre stage at an upcoming jobs summit in Swaziland. The summit, scheduled to take place in July, follows a pledge by King Mswati III to initiate a R1-billion public-private fund to bankroll the development of small- and medium-scale enterprises.

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