Theme: Resource Mobilisation for Investment in
Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive
SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity of the
The Kingdom of Swaziland served as host and venue for the 36th Southern
African Development Community (SADC) Summit. Known as the Switzerland
of Africa, Swaziland comprises of magnificent mountain scenery with
unique, ancient rock formations. Tourism serves as a vital contributor to the
economy with cultural heritage, tradition and biodiversity as top attractions
for foreign guests. Swaziland’s cultural heritage is deeply rooted in traditions
carefully protected and sustained.
Colourful ceremonies regularly take place in the Kingdom to mark the
country’s special occasions. The two main rituals are the Umhlanga or Reed
Dance, and the Incwala or First Fruit Ceremony. The Umhlanga involves
young maidens dressed in colourful beaded skirts and accessories to travel
to the royal kraal (village) to honour the Queen mother and perform traditional
dances. The Incwala ceremony involves direct participation by the King and
everyone is invited at the Royal Palace.
King of Swaziland
King Mswati III ascended the throne in 1986 at the young age of 18. Since then, he has
dedicated the past three decades governing, directing and strengthening the Kingdom of
Swaziland. He inspired the formulation of Vision 2022 as a roadmap for the country’s
socio-economic development. As a monarch of the 21st century, he seeks a balance between
continuing the legacies he has inherited and sustaining tradition while keeping in touch with
the needs of the future and providing for the Swazi people.
Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes
up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. As one of the
few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in
all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the
rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly
welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests
and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you
have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.