Swaziland Overview

Published by Swazi Review of Commerce & Industry (Pty) Ltd

INTRODUCTION

Population
1.419 million, according to a mid-2014 estimate published in the CIA World Factbook. Three quarters of all Swazis live in rural surrounds.

Language
English and siSwati are the official languages, with the former most widely used in business and commerce.

Religion
Majority Christian, plus indigenous beliefs and small representations of other major world faiths.

Climate
Swaziland’s predominant summer rainfall season between October and March is characterised by occasional heavy downpours.
Highveld: Humid near-temperate with approx 140 cm mean average rainfall. Midwinter (July) temperatures known to fall as low as –3° C.
Middleveld: Subtropical, drier with approx 85 cm mean average rainfall.
Lubombo Plateau: Also subtropical with similar rainfall statistic.
Lowveld: Almost-tropical sub-humid with approx 60 cm mean average rainfall. Midsummer (January) temperatures known to reach 42° C.

Average Temperatures
Midsummer (January)
Mbabane 25° C
Manzini 30° C
Autumn (April-May)
Mbabane 20° C
Manzini 25° C
Midwinter (July)
Mbabane 15° C
Manzini 20° C
Spring (Sept-Oct)
Mbabane 22° C
Manzini 25° C

Entry Details
All visitors require valid passport; some nationalities require visas.
Customs Formalities: Residents of South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana are required to furnish statistical information regarding goods which originate in those countries but are not being brought in for sale. Standard customs formalities apply to other visitors. Duty-free allowances per person: 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g tobacco, 1l alcoholic beverage, 100 ml perfume. A married couple travelling together is in regard to duty-free allowances considered one person. Road tax for foreign-registered vehicles entering Swaziland is E50 – the equivalent of R50 in South African currency – payable at the customs point.
Air Travel: Swaziland Airlink is the national carrier and operates regular scheduled flights connecting major regional and central African cities to the kingdom. King Mswati III International Airport, 45 km from Manzini and 80 km from Mbabane, is the focal point of operations that conveniently time many outbound flights to meet global long-haul connections. Airport shuttle buses stop in Mbabane, Ezulwini, Matsapha and Manzini.

Public Holidays
1 January - New Year’s Day
3 April - Good Friday
6 April - Easter Monday
19 April - King’s Birthday
25 April - National Flag Day
1 May - Labour Day
14 May - Ascension Day
22 July - King Sobhuza II’s Birthday
Aug/Sept (tba) - Umhlanga Reed Dance
6 September - Somhlolo (Independence) Day
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day
Dec/Jan (tba) - Incwala Day

Government/useful contacts
King’s Office, Lobamba 2510 1082
Parliament Offices 2416 2410
Prime Minister’s Office 2404 2251/2/3
Deputy Prime Minister’s Office 2404 2724
Agriculture & Cooperatives 2404 2731
Central Bank of Swaziland 2408 1000
Commerce, Industry & Trade 2404 3201
Economic Planning & Dev. 2404 3765/6/7
Education and Training 2404 2491
Finance 2404 8145
Foreign Affairs 2404 2661/2/3
Health & Social Welfare 2404 2431
Home Affairs 2404 2941/2
Housing & Urban Dev. 2404 1741
Justice and Constitutional Affairs 2404 6010
Natural Resources & Energy 2404 6244/5/6
Public Service 2404 4438
Public Works & Transport 2409 9000
SEDCO 2404 3046
SIDC 2404 3391
SIPA 2404 0470/4
Swaziland Revenue Authority 2406 4000
Swaziland Tourism Authority 2404 9675/93
Swaziland Tourist Office 2404 2531
Tourism & Environmental Affairs 2404 6420

International Organisations
European Union 2404 2908
ESAMI 2404 8494
FAO 2404 7220
UNDP 2404 2301
UNICEF 2407 1000
World Food Programme 2404 4962
World Health Organisation WHO 2404 2928

Professional Organisations
Federation of Swaziland Employers 2404 0768
Swaziland Chamber of Commerce 2404 4408
Hotel & Tourism Association 2404 2218
Swaziland Institute of Accountants 2404 5566

Diplomatic Representatives
Embassy of United States of America 2404 6441
Embassy of Republic of China 2404 4740
South African High Commission 2404 4651
Republic of Mocambique High Commission 2404 3700
Republic of Singapore High Commission 2404 2661
British Honorary Consulate 2404 3469
Cyprus Consulate 2404 2650
Federal Republic of Germany 2404 3174
Finland Honorary Consulate 2416 2912
France Consulate 2404 3667
Indonesia Consulate 2404 0606
Italy Consulate 2404 4371
Portugal Consulate 2404 6780
Royal Danish/Norwegian Consulate 2404 3547
Seychelles Consulate 2505 2415
South Korea Consulate 2404 6379

Swaziland Airlink is the national carrier and operates regular scheduled flights connecting major regional and central African cities to the kingdom. King Mswati III International Airport, 45 km from Manzini and 80 km from Mbabane, is the focal point of operations that conveniently time many outbound flights to meet global long-haul connections. Airport shuttle buses stop in Mbabane, Ezulwini, Matsapha and Manzini.

Public Holidays
1 January - New Year’s Day
3 April - Good Friday
6 April - Easter Monday
19 April - King’s Birthday
25 April - National Flag Day
1 May - Labour Day
14 May - Ascension Day
22 July - King Sobhuza II’s Birthday
Aug/Sept - (tba) Umhlanga Reed Dance
6 September - Somhlolo (Independence) Day
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day
Dec/Jan (tba) - Incwala Day

Government/useful contacts
King’s Office, Lobamba 2510 1082
Parliament Offices 2416 2410
Prime Minister’s Office 2404 2251/2/3
Deputy Prime Minister’s Office 2404 2724
Agriculture & Cooperatives 2404 2731
Central Bank of Swaziland 2408 1000
Commerce, Industry & Trade 2404 3201
Economic Planning & Dev. 2404 3765/6/7
Education and Training 2404 2491
Finance 2404 8145
Foreign Affairs 2404 2661/2/3
Health & Social Welfare 2404 2431
Home Affairs 2404 2941/2
Housing & Urban Dev. 2404 1741
Justice and Constitutional Affairs 2404 6010
Natural Resources & Energy 2404 6244/5/6
Public Service 2404 4438
Public Works & Transport 2409 9000
SEDCO 2404 3046
SIDC 2404 3391
SIPA 2404 0470/4
Swaziland Revenue Authority 2406 4000
Swaziland Tourism Authority 2404 9675/93
Swaziland Tourist Office 2404 2531
Tourism & Environmental Affairs 2404 6420

International Organisations
European Union 2404 2908
ESAMI 2404 8494
FAO 2404 7220
UNDP 2404 2301
UNICEF 2407 1000
World Food Programme 2404 4962
World Health Organisation WHO 2404 2928

Professional Organisations
Federation of Swaziland Employers 2404 0768
Swaziland Chamber of Commerce 2404 4408
Hotel & Tourism Association 2404 2218
Swaziland Institute of Accountants 2404 5566

Diplomatic Representatives
Embassy of United States of America 2404 6441
Embassy of Republic of China 2404 4740
South African High Commission 2404 4651
Republic of Mocambique High Commission 2404 3700
Republic of Singapore High Commission 2404 2661
British Honorary Consulate 2404 3469
Cyprus Consulate 2404 2650
Federal Republic of Germany 2404 3174
Finland Honorary Consulate 2416 2912
France Consulate 2404 3667
Indonesia Consulate 2404 0606
Italy Consulate 2404 4371
Portugal Consulate 2404 6780
Royal Danish/Norwegian Consulate 2404 3547
Seychelles Consulate 2505 2415
South Korea Consulate 2404 6379