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What Does the Future Hold for SACU? From Own Goal to Laduma! Scenarios for the Future of the Southern African Customs Union

"A group of Southern African Customs Union (SACU) experts and interested parties recently participated in a scenario-planning exercise on the future of SACU. This paper gives an account of the scenarios developed, which range from SACU collapsing ...

The economic problems and policies of South Africa's neighbouring black African states

"Westerners tend to assume that the newly independent states of Africa are somehow, morally bound to make economic development their first and foremost priority. However, to Africans, no less than to other people, independence means to be master ...

The Constellation of Southern African States and the Southern African Development Co-Ordination Council: Towards a new regional stalemate?

"The object of this study is to examine some of the implications for Southern Africa of the existence of two separate groupings of states in the region. The origins and development of CONSAS and SADCC will be considered in turn. A comparison will ...

Problems of Southern Africa

These four lectures were given by Professor Cockram in 1963. The topic for these lectures were the Southern African region namely Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland, South West Africa and South Africa. For every state t...

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the ...

Is Swaziland a Democracy?

"This paper basically focuses on whether or not Swaziland is a democracy. As this question cannot be answered in abstracto, but with due reference to the actual practices and procedures employed by the Swaziland government in the constitutional a...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on ...

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, poli...

Political Movements and the Challenges for Democracy in Swaziland

"The present report investigates the operations of 3 major political organizations in Swaziland : the NNLC, the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), and Sive Siyinqabaj(SS). SS calls itself a cultural group. Due to the interest SS has sho...

Election Update 2003 Swaziland No 2

This election update comprises several articles, written by different authors. The heading of Khabele Matlosa's article : Legal and institutional architecture for the Swaziland Election 2003. This article reviews the legal and institutional archit...

Election Update 2003 Swaziland No 1

This press release has several articles which was written by different authors. Jackie Kalley discussed the historical background of Swaziland – how the country came into being. Wole Olaleye discussed the Geography, population and the Economic Str...

Taiwanese development aid in Africa

"Information on Taiwan's aid to Africa has not been systematically documented, nor has it been placed in the public domain. Taipei considers information on foreign aid and the accompanying statistics confidential. This report aims to examine Taiw...

Political Parties Programme Handbook

"This handbook is intended to provide information about political parties. It aims to enhance political parties’ knowledge and skills on how to participate effectively in the democratisation process. This handbook therefore contains comprehensive...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Swaziland

"This research report aims to investigate the state of democracy and governance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, posing a key question as to whether or not the region has undergone democratic transition and, if so, posi...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The methodology used in this study revolves around a comparative analysis of existing electoral models in the seven selected countries. This report chronicles the workings of various electoral systems or models in place in these countries and the...

Swaziland's Struggle with Political Liberalisation

"The research critically evaluates six key determinants in Swaziland’s political landscape, namely: the electoral system; electoral administration; the nonexistence of political parties; and constitutionalism and democratic assistance. Gender is...

Swaziland at a crossroad

"On August 21, 1982 King Sobhuza II died at the age of 83. His sixty-one years of continuous rule, unparalleled in modern history, ensured Swaziland political stability and economic prosperity. However, the very length of the reign now presents ...

Swaziland: The current state of play

"The March dismissal of Prime Minister Mabandla Dlamini(53) and the appointment of Bhekimpi Dlamini (57) as the new Prime Minister, reveals, ongoing tensions in Swazi politics. This Brief Report examines the leadership change and assesses its sig...

Regional integration in Southern Africa: The SACU states

The second in the series of papers on regional integration in Southern Africa deals with those states which, along with South Africa, have reached a high level of integration and interdependence in the region. These states, consisting of the South...

Swaziland's Non-Party Political System and the 2013 Tinkhundla Elections Breaking the SADC impasse?

"The first section of the report provides an overview of the Swazi political landscape, while the second discusses the tinkhundla political model and reflects on the feasibility of the system and its institutions to become potential catalysts for ...

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