oa Africa Insight - Swaziland - A photo essay

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Swaziland, with a surface area of 17364 km2, is one of the smallest countries in Africa and has an estimated population of 650 000 (1985). It lies between the Drakensberg mountains in the west and the Lebombo mountains in the east and is traversed by six large rivers. One of the most attractive features of Swaziland is the ease with which the modern world has been assimilated into traditional Swazi life. Tarred roads pass traditional settlements where beehive shaped huts are still in use. And not much further on one passes modern casino hotels filled with tourists and locals. The traditional Swazi monarchy is assisted by a parliament, supreme council and cabinet. At present, since the death of King Sobhuza II, the Queen Mother Ntombi is ruling as regent. Her son, Makhosetive is expected to be installed as king in April this year.

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