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Swaziland Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions As Daily Deaths Hit Record High

[Swazi Media] Swaziland extended coronavirus restrictions as deaths reached a record daily total. (AllAfrica)

RIP - the Right Revd Ellinah Wamukoya

[ACSA] It is with profound sorrow that I have to announce the devastating news that the Bishop of Swaziland in eSwatini, the Right Revd Ellinah Wamukoya, died today. (AllAfrica)

United States-Eswatini Declaration On 5g Security

[State Department] The following joint declaration was issued by the Governments of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Eswatini on January 15, 2021. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Plea to WHO for Urgent Help As Coronavirus Deaths Out of Control

[Swazi Media] Swaziland (eSwatini) has sent an urgent plea to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for help in getting through the coronavirus crisis as deaths continue to rise. (AllAfrica)

Africa Surpasses Three Million Covid-19 Cases, Most in South Africa

[RFI] The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than three million cases have been logged on the continent since the start of the pandemic, with South Africa accounting for more than 30 percent. (AllAfrica)

As Coronavirus Deaths Rise, Swaziland Royal Family Remain Indifferent, New Review Finds

[Swazi Media] As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in Swaziland intensified, the numbers of positive cases and deaths rose. Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini died of the virus. He had an underlying diabetes condition. (AllAfrica)

Police Halt Democracy March, 'Torture' Leader

[Swazi Media] Police in Swaziland (eSwatini) blocked a march for democracy and arrested leaders, torturing at least one of them, according to reports. (AllAfrica)

'Police Hitch-Hike to Crime Scenes Because of Vehicle Shortages'

[Swazi Media] Police across Swaziland (eSwatini) have to hitch rides from civilians to get to crime scenes or perform other duties because the kingdom is broke and cannot pay for fuel or repairs to vehicles. (AllAfrica)

Increase in Sexual Violence Against Children As Schools Closed By Covid-19

[Swazi Media] The closure of schools in Swaziland (eSwatini) because of the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in sexual and gender based violence against children, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report suggests. (AllAfrica)

Eswatini Faces Jobs and Poverty Crisis As Coronavirus Disruption Continues

[Swazi Media] The coronavirus crisis in Swaziland (eSwatini) is having widespread damaging effects on unemployment and poverty and many jobs might not return, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report fears. (AllAfrica)

Families of Girls Killed At 2015 Reed Dance Get No Financial Compensation

[Swazi Media] The families of ten girls, mostly aged 11 to 16, who were killed in a road accident while being transported on the back of a truck 'like cattle' during the Reed Dance for King Mswati III in 2015 have received no financial compensation for their death. (AllAfrica)

Authorities Ban March to Protest Ban On Alcohol During Coronavirus Crisis

[Swazi Media] A planned march in Swaziland (eSwatini) to protest the ban of manufacture and sales of alcohol during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was banned by police and the local municipal authority. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Coronavirus Deaths Top 100 As Number of Tests Undertaken Falls

[Swazi Media] The number of deaths from coronavirus in Swaziland (eSwatini) has broken through the 100 barrier to 101. Meanwhile, the number of test results announced by the Ministry of Health is falling. (AllAfrica)

eSwatini - a Brief Tale of Two Laws

[New Frame] An act passed to recover the proceeds of organised crime may now be used by eSwatini's authorities to score points for a cannabis law that many think will benefit a powerful few. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Democracy Leader and Former MP Jan Sithole Dies

[Swazi Media] Jan Sithole, the former Manzini North Member of Parliament and President of the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA), has died. He was taken ill at home and later died in hospital. He was 67 years old. (AllAfrica)

Former Swaziland Govt Minister in Court On Double Murder Charges

[Swazi Media] Former Swaziland (eSwatini) Minister of Public Works and Transport Ntuntuko Dlamini has appeared in court on two charges of murder and one of attempted murder following a shooting during a land dispute. (AllAfrica)

Eswatini Hires South African PR Firm to Make It Look Better for Investors

[Daily Maverick] Eswatini wants to position itself as a stable, peaceful investment destination - and one that could be home to businesses leaving South Africa - and it's roped in Vuma Reputation Management to help shake its image of a despotic monarchy. (AllAfrica)

Health Expert Warns Swaziland Women Might Contract Cancer From Unregulated Contraceptives

[Swazi Media] Women in Swaziland (eSwatini) are using unregulated family planning products that might cause cancer, a leading sexual health expert warned. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Introduces Law With 10 Year Jail Term for Publishing 'Fake News'

[Swazi Media] The government in the absolute monarchy of Swaziland (eSwatini) has introduced a law aimed at censoring all forms of media which could lead to a 10-year jail sentence for people publishing 'fake news'. (AllAfrica)

Former Mbabane Swallows Coach Vilakati Passes On

[CAF] The Eswatini football fraternity has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of former Mbabane Swallows coach Thabo Vilakati on Friday (28 August 2020) after a short illness, aged 49. (AllAfrica)

Nearly Half the People With Tuberculosis Don't Know They Have It - Report

[Swazi Media] Nearly half of the people in Swaziland (eSwatini) who have the disease tuberculosis (TB) do not know it, according to a new report. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Public Transport in Chaos As Bus Workers Strike Over Coronavirus Lockdown

[Swazi Media] Public transport in the Swaziland (eSwatini) city of Manzini was severely disrupted when bus operators stopped work and barricaded the bus rank. (AllAfrica)

Climate-Smart Agriculture Means More Time for Women Farmers

[IPS] Ngwempisi, Eswatini -Aside from the seven hours Mantfombi Msibi (63) would spend daily during the Eswatini farming season planting, applying herbicides and weeding her 1.2-hectare maize field, she would also spend E1 750 ($125) on tractor services. It was a huge cost of both time and money. But this season, Msibi will be benefiting from climate-smart farming technology that has opened up a new world of farming to her, saving her time in the process. (AllAfrica)

Reporting of Swaziland Govt Finances Fails to Meet International Standards, Auditor General States

[Swazi Media] Government finances in Swaziland (eSwatini) continue to be in a mess with widespread misreporting of assets and liabilities, the kingdom's auditor general reported. (AllAfrica)

We Have a Serious Youth Unemployment Problem in Eswatini - That's Why We're Slashing Corporate Taxes

[Daily Maverick] In a bid to boost its economy and combat a youth unemployment rate of more than 40%, Eswatini, the smallest country on mainland Africa, is slashing its corporate tax rate from 27.5% to 12.5%. (AllAfrica)

Eswatini Monitoring a Suspected Case of Coronavirus - Report

[News24Wire] The Health Ministry in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) has said it is monitoring its first suspected case of novel coronavirus. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland to Increase Spending On Internal Security As Prodemocracy Groups Continue Protests

[Swazi Media] Swaziland (eSwatini) ruled by absolute monarch King Mswati III is to spend more money on national security in the coming year, the Swazi Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg announced in his annual budget. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland Democracy Leaders Lose High Court Case Against Police Raids On Legal Technicality

[Swazi Media] Prodemocracy campaigners in Swaziland (eSwatini) who had their homes raided and property seized by police lost their High Court case calling the raids unconstitutional on a legal technicality. (AllAfrica)

Man 'Thrown Into Fire' in Latest Case of Alleged Police Torture in Swaziland

[Swazi Media] A newspaper in Swaziland (eSwatini) has reported the latest in a series of allegations of what it called 'torture' by local police. A man said police threw him into a fire. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland's King Mswati Under Pressure From China to End Support for Taiwan

[Swazi Media] Western countries have not exerted much pressure on Swaziland's absolute monarchy to rectify its lack of democracy and human rights. Neither has another democracy, the People's Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan. A country with whom Swaziland (renamed Eswatini by King Mswati III in 2018) - as the only country In Africa - has diplomatic ties with, writes Peter Kenworthy for Afrika Kontakt. (AllAfrica)

Eswatini to Replace Botswana At Cosafa Men's U-17 Championship

[SAFA] Eswatini will take their place in the field for the 2019 COSAFA Men's Under-17 Championship after Botswana withdrew from the competition that will be played in Malawi from October 11-20. (AllAfrica)