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2014-12-17 Royal Car Cost 61 Years' Wages
[Swazi Media]It would take 70 percent of people in Swaziland more than 61 years to earn the price of the new custom-built car Princess Sikhanyiso, the eldest daughter of King Mswati III, took delivery of this month (December 2014).

2014-12-17 PM Misleads On Agoa Progress
[Swazi Media]There is no date set to review restoration of Swaziland's status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), despite claims from Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini that his government has met requirements to introduce democratic reforms to the kingdom.

2014-12-15 Paper Must Pay Record Libel Damages
[Swazi Media]Media freedom advocates have criticised Swaziland's Supreme Court for awarding record libel damages against the kingdom's only privately-owned daily newspaper in favour of the Senate President Gelane Simelane-Zwane.

2014-12-15 More Broken Promises On Prosperity
[Swazi Media]News that the construction of a E800m (US$80m) strategic oil reserve facility at Phuzumoya in the Lubombo region of Swaziland has stalled should not surprise anyone.

2014-12-15 Court Orders Homes Destroyed
[Swazi Media]The High Court in Swaziland has ordered the forced eviction of more residents from their stick-and-mud homes to make way for the building of a technology park, dubbed a 'vanity project' for King Mswati III.

2014-12-15 Colleges Snub Student Leaders
[Swazi Media]Student leaders in Swaziland are complaining that universities and colleges in the kingdom are refusing to allow them to represent their constituents.

2014-12-15 King in 'Secretive Pagan Ritual'
[Swazi Media]The secretive annual Incwala ceremony in which King Mswati III is said to take narcotics and engage in unnatural sexual practices, is 'Swaziland's most important cultural event,' according to a newspaper in effect owned by the King.

2014-12-15 Politician Wins Biggest Defamation Case in Kingdom's History
[MISA]Swazi Senate President Gelane Simelane-Zwane has won E550,000 (US$50,000) in a controversial defamation case against the country's only privately-owned daily newspaper, reports local media.

2014-12-12 Huge Damages Award Aims to Throttle Only Independent Daily
[RSF]Reporters Without Borders condemns the exorbitant libel damages that the high court awarded last week against the Times of Swaziland. The record sum of 550,000 lilangeni (41,000 euros) is tantamount to a death sentence for the country's only privately-owned daily.

2014-12-12 CPS Calls for All-Out Support for Napsawu Battle to Win Justice for Health Workers
[COSATU]The Communist Party of Swaziland expresses its full solidarity with the National Public Servants and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) in its landmark court victory and the battle for its full implementation, commencing this Friday 12 December, to upgrade the pay of hospital orderlies.

2014-12-11 'Human Rights Belong to Everyone - 365 Days of the Year', Says Misa On Human Rights Day 2014
[MISA-Swaziland]The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) today joins human rights advocates and citizens around the world in celebrating Human Rights Day. December 10 is an occasion to celebrate human rights victories over the past year and to focus attention and pressure on our governments to address human rights violations.

2014-12-08 Politician Wins Biggest Defamation Case Ever
[MISA-Swaziland]Senate President Gelane Simelane-Zwane has won E550,000 ($50,000) in a controversial defamation case against the country's only privately-owned daily newspaper, reports local media.

2014-12-09 Namibian Netball Team Beats Swaziland At Z6
[Namibian]Bulawayo -The Namibian netball team on Monday thrashed Swaziland by 46-21 in the Zone Six Youth Games currently underway here.

2014-12-04 Jailed Journalist Applies for Bail
[MISA]Jailed editor Bheki Makhubu applied for bail on 27 November 2014 at Swaziland's high court in the capital Mbabane. Lawyers representing the Crown opposed the application, saying Makhubu - an award winning journalist - is a flight risk. Crown lawyers said Makhubu is likely to skip bail because he has no chance of winning an appeal against the contempt of court conviction delivered against him in July 2014.

2014-12-04 More Swazi-Style (in)justice for Jailed Journalists
[Daily Maverick]Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko have been in jail in Swaziland since April, and they're not getting out anytime soon. A new court decision on Wednesday means the journalists' case will only be heard again in May, which is the next time the Supreme Court will bother to sit. This is justice in Swaziland: slow, vindictive and completely unaccountable.

2014-12-03 World AIDS Day - For a GBV and Stigma-Free Generation
[Gender Links]Mbabane -Thembi Manana of Mandlangempisi in the Hhohho region has been living with HIV for ten years. Every day she takes a positive step towards life, never defaulting on her antiretroviral treatment. With life in her step, she provides home-based care in her community - going from house to house - urging people to get tested, counselling and caring for others living with HIV and related illnesses. As a rural health motivator or umgcugcuteli, the Ministry of Health incentivises her important work by paying her an

2014-12-03 Cosafa U20 Youth Games Preview
[SAFA]The football at the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe gets under way on Thursday with matches in both the men's and women's competitions.

2014-12-01 Swazis Among Hungriest in World
[Swazi Media]Swaziland is the seventh hungriest country in the world, according to a United Nations report.

2014-12-01 Police Take On Strikers At King's Mine
[Swazi Media]Armed police were sent to deal with striking workers at a coal mine in Swaziland partly-owned by the kingdom's autocratic monarch King Mswati III.

2014-11-28 Govt's Huge Military Spending
[Swazi Media]A new report shows Swaziland spent about US$112 million on the military in 2013 and US$478 million over the past four years.

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