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Theme: Resource Mobilisation for Investment in

Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive

SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity of the

Region

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.

Swaziland Tourism

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.

SADC Summit

2016:

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