Our Stories

  • Building Community knowledge and skills for Climate Change Adaptation through Sand Dams

    Inadequate skills and limited knowledge challenge the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to the impact of climate change. From the generation of key information to packaging of material for easy use by the affected groups and people, knowledge transfer remains critical for grassroot ownership and action. Water scarcity and limited options for climate change adaptation (CCA) during the dry winter season force women and children to dig river beds and wait for hours to have the holes get filled with water to use for drinking and cooking. This is a norm in South-East Swaziland, in communities such as KaBhudla and Matsanjeni.

  • Electronic case management introduced in Swazi courts

    In 2012, the Commissioner of His Majesty’s Correctional Services reported that their facilities could no longer accommodate the high number of convicts and individuals awaiting trial which had resulted in overcrowding. At the time, there were 576 individuals awaiting trial, four (4) of whom had spent more than five (5) years in custody. However, the recent introduction of the Electronic Management System (EMS) will deal with the backlog and inactive cases, promote transparency and accountability in the courts.

  • Manufacturing refrigerators with ozone friendly chemical

    Palfridge has discarded the use of environmentally unfriendly chemicals in the production of refrigerators. The company has all along been using Hydro-chloro-Floro Carbon (HCFC) – 141B, a chemical mixed when making the insulation for refrigerators. Palfridge has since opted for an environmentally friendly Cychlopantene chemical.

  • Musa Makhanya reads First Brailed Constitution

    In September 2012 Swaziland ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention seeks to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities including the promotion of respect for their inherent dignity.

  • Rainwater harvesting brings relief to Rural Schools in Swaziland

    Climate change is a global challenge and needs global solutions which begin with local actions. Like other developing countries, Swaziland has prioritised climate change adaptation to ensure coping of communities against vulnerabilities in the water sector. One of these is water scarcity in most rural schools in the country. Pupils are requested to either bring water from rivers, shared with livestock or walk for kilometres every day during lesson time to collect water in a nearby river to be used for the school agriculture lessons, feeding programme and for sanitation purposes. This disrupts lessons and eats into time pupils should be using to learn. The little water is also rationed, resulting in some basic necessities, such as ‘washing hands after using the toilet’, not being prioritised.

  • Rural Swazi woman turns childhood hobby into source of income

    s a child, Thembi Hlatshwako knew how to crush marula seeds for fun with her friends and other village children. It was part of her childhood hobbies because marula seeds were plentiful in her neighbourhood. So in her 40s, as a married mother of seven, and needing to make ends meet, crushing marula seeds for sale came naturally to her.

  • SNPAS trains traditional leaders on community development role
  • Sindile's Women's Empowerment initiative gets Global Recognition
  • Swaziland creating jobs through Ozone friendly technologies

    Such action resulted in two-pronged benefits; of a company going ‘green’ as well as creating the much needed jobs for the small Kingdom of Swaziland – over 600. He also added that, “the company’s production capacity has increased as a result we have more than one shift in 24 hours, running at least three shifts.

  • Swaziland’s long-term economic planning model bearing fruit

    The Swaziland Government is reaping the fruits of a long-term, evidence-based economic planning model, Threshold 21 (T21). The model is a medium to long-term tool that enables institutions to plan, monitor and forecast the performance of their development strategies and policies. In the past, the Swaziland Government used three-year programmes, which only focused on the economy and did not analyze other factors, such as the society and environment. Until the T21 model was introduced under the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Macro Unit, the Government of Swaziland lacked the appropriate model to monitor the implementation of its’ overarching development framework the National Development Strategy, Vision 2022.