Political Economy Summary
|Independence||6 September 1968|
|Head of State & Govt||King Mswati III & Ntfombi Tfwala|
|Prime Minister||P.M. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||Thuli Dladla|
|Minister of Finance||Neal Rijkenberg|
|Central Bank Govenor||Majozi Sithole|
|Next National Elections Date||2023|
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Thabo is a Senior Analyst at PESA.
eSwatini is a country in Southern Africa, lying between Mozambique and South Africa. The major regions of the country are Lowveld, Midveld and Highveld. The terrain largely consists of mountains and hills, with some moderately sloping plains. The lowest point is the Great Usutu River, at 21 metres, and the highest is Emlembe, at 1,862 metres.
As a landlocked country, eSwatini has neither coastline nor maritime claims. In terms of land boundaries, Swaziland shares approximately two thirds of its boundary border with South Africa and about a third with Mozambique to the east.
The Swati coat of arms depicts various symbols for traditional eSwatini culture. The lion represents the King and the elephant represents the Queen-mother. They support a traditional Nguni shield which represents protection. Above the shield is the king’s lidlabe, or crown of feathers, normally worn during iNcwala which is Swaziland’s most important cultural event. iNcwala is long rite including a festival of harvest, spiritual cleansing and renewal, and celebrating kingship. On a banner below the shield is the Swaziland national motto: Siyinqaba which means “We are the Fortress” is siSwati.
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