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How king turns eSwatini into fiefdom

As governance issues continue to be a thorn in the flesh for many emaSwati, King Mswati III has turned the kingdom into a family affair, appointing his children and close family members in key positions, writes Nimrod Mabuza In a notable act of nepotism, Eswatini’s absolute monarch, King Mswati, has appointed two of his sons […]Read More

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Unhappy the land that needs heroes

Since attaining independence 52 years ago, the position of Prime Minister eSwatini has been the preserve of the ruling royal family. But now, following the death of Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, the feeling is growing that appointing from other clans would be a perfect start for opening the political space, writes VUYISILE HLATSHWAYO In a famous […]Read More

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Government’s bid to clampdown on social media

For emaSwati who have been politically muzzled for over 40 years, social media provides them with an opportunity to voice out their frustrations on government and the leadership of this country, in particular the king. But that ‘freedom’ may soon come to an end as government makes an attempt to clampdown on social media, VUYISILE […]Read More

Travel

Mhlumeni Bush Camp: A world away from the city hustle

By Khulekani Nene Atop the Lubombo Mountain Plateau lies a world away from the city hustle and bustle – the quintessential Mhlumeni Bush Camp – along the Eswatini-Mozambique border.     Escaping from the city noise and fumes to connect with nature, I shoot down to this idyllic place overlooking the dramatic Mhlabashana Gorge. It is located […]Read More

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Eswatini Broadcasting Bill heralds new hope

Finally, eSwatini could see the opening of independent radio and television as the law seeking to open the airwaves is on its last lap. If passed by Senate, it would be ready for royal assent to become law, reports VUYISILE HLATSHWAYO The Eswatini parliament is processing ambitious new broadcasting legislation that seeks to end the […]Read More

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Judicial censorship strikes a chord eSwatini

The print media eSwatini not only has to deal with self-censorship in the newsrooms to protect the image of the monarch, it is now faced with a fresh threat in the form of judicial censorship arising from a spate of defamation actions. The compensation awards are huge and crippling, writes VUYISILE HLATSHWAYO The media in […]Read More

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Calls for forensic at Uneswa

The workers’ unions at the once prestigious University of Eswatini and management do not agree on what measures to take to save the institution from complete collapse. Management seeks to introduce austerity measures that could see massive retrenchments while the workers have called for a forensic audit of the institution’s financial affairs. They believe an […]Read More

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Royal double standards

As Covid-19, the deadly virus that first reared its ugly head in China, swept across this kingdom and the rest of Africa, it has exposed emaSwati to the sad reality that in this country there are two sets of rules; one for the ruling elite and another for the commoners. In May this year, King […]Read More

Travel

Eco-tourism project left taxpayer E1.2m poorer

The infamous November 28 statement, questionable legitimacy of new chiefs, chiefdom boundary disputes as well as tenure insecurity are truly hindering community tourism and rural development in rural areas, VUYISILE HLATSHWAYO reports. The eSwatini National Trust Commission splashed a cool E1.2 million of public and donor funding on a community-owned eco-tourism project that never got […]Read More

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Varsity Crisis

The University of eSwatini, once the pride of the country’s education system, has collapsed. Under funding and abuse of the few financial resources it has had have been the cause of the mess. Government has refused to fund the university adequately in the last ten years and the results are now showing. Once revered as […]Read More