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Kingdom of eSwatini

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eSwatini Land Reform and Rural Transformation Overview
The Kingdom of eSwatini is a small, landlocked Southern African country bordered by the Republic of Mozambique to the east and surrounded by the Republic ...
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Impact of Political Uncertainty on Swazi Growth
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a predominantly rural, landlocked monarchy with a population of less than 1.2 million citizens. Swaziland differs from most post-colonial African ...
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PESA Editorial – Swaziland - 1Q2017/18
The Kingdom of Swaziland is one of the smallest countries on the African continent in terms of both population (1 109 000) and land area ...
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Swaziland Geographic Location
Geographic Location

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.

Swazi Cities
Swazi Cities
Swazi Coat Arms
Coat of Arms

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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