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2015-09-03 Church Declares a Week of Prayer for Accident Victims
[CISA] Mbabane -Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of the Catholic Diocese Manzini Swaziland has urged faithful to conduct daily prayers to commemorate the young victims of the road accident that happened on August 28.

2015-09-02 Security for KZN Reed Dance Women Stepped Up
[News24Wire] Safety concerns ahead of the annual Reed Dance in KwaZulu-Natal have been highlighted following the death of 65 young women on their way to the annual Swazi Reed Dance at the weekend.

2015-08-31 'Cover-Up On Swazi Reed Dance Deaths'
[Swazi Media] There is deep suspicion in Swaziland that King Mswati III's regime is not telling the truth about the number of deaths in the Reed Dance road smash on Friday (28 August 2015).

2015-08-31 Death Toll in Reed Dance Crash Rises
[News24Wire] The death toll in an accident in which dozens of young women were killed in Swaziland on Saturday has risen to 65.

2015-08-31 Thousands of Young Women to Dance for Swazi King
[News24Wire] Thousands of young women were Monday preparing to sing and dance in front of Swaziland's King Mswati III to honour Africa's last absolute monarchy.

2015-08-31 Trucks Carrying Scores of Girls for Reed Dance Crashes
[Deutsche Welle] At least 38 girls have died in a road crash while traveling to a traditional festival in Swaziland. About 40,000 descend on the king's royal residence each year for the event, meant to celebrate womanhood and virginity.

2015-08-31 Call to Cancel Reed Dance After Deaths
[Swazi Media] A rights organisation in Swaziland has called on King Mswati III to cancel the Reed Dance due to take place on Sunday (30 August 2015) and Monday out of respect for the dozens of girls and young women who were reportedly killed in a truck accident on the way to the celebration.

2015-08-31 President Jacob Zuma Sends Condolences to the Kingdom of Swaziland Following Road Accident
[SA Govt] On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to His Majesty King Mswati III, the Government and people of the Kingdom of Swaziland, following the accident on the Mbabane-Manzini Highway in Swaziland today, Saturday, 29 August 2015, that claimed the lives of many young women and left scores others seriously injured.

2015-08-31 Condolences to Swaziland Following Accident
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -South Africa has sent its condolences to the neighbouring Kingdom of Swaziland following a road accident which claimed the lives of many young women.

2015-08-29 Dozens of Girls on Way to Cut Reeds Die in Crash
[SSN] The Swaziland Solidarity Network joins the entire Swazi nation in mourning the tragic demise of young Swazi girls who were on their way to cut reeds for the Umhlanga Reed dance. The accident occurred along the Mbabane -- Manzini highway.

2015-08-28 Hunger Worries As King Gets New Jet
[Swazi Media] While Parliament in Swaziland has agreed to purchase a larger private jet for the kingdom's autocratic ruler King Mswati III that might cost US$30 million, news is circulating in the kingdom that the government is unable to distribute food aid to the starving rural population because it cannot afford to run trucks.

2015-08-26 Doubts Over Swaziland's U.S.$3 Billion Port
[Swazi Media] Serious doubts have been raised about a plan to build a seaport in Swaziland, which has no coastline.

2015-08-26 Swazi Reed Dance - Truth From Abroad
[Swazi Media] The Swazi Observer, the newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III, is very excited that the US cable news network CNN might be covering the Umhlanga or Reed Dance on Monday (31 August 2015).

2015-08-25 Former Justice Minister Arrested Again
[Swazi Media] Swaziland's former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Sibusiso Shongwe has been arrested on charges of corruption and extortion.

2015-08-26 Top Man At Justice Loses His Job
[Swazi Media] The Principal Secretary in Swaziland's Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Thembinkhosi Mamba, has lost his job after being charged with corruption.

2015-08-27 Swazi Reed Dance - Illegal Whippings
[Swazi Media] Police in Swaziland have warned 'random' men not to loiter near camps housing tens of thousands of supposed virgins during the forthcoming Reed Dance or Umhlanga ceremony.

2015-08-25 Anti-Corruption Deputy Charged
[Swazi Media] One of Swaziland's top anti-corruption officers has been charged with corruption.

2015-08-26 Swazi Government Wants a Canal Through Mozambique
[AIM] Maputo -Despite being entirely landlocked, and possessing no navigable rivers, Swaziland wants to build a port.

2015-08-25 Swazi Prince and the US$40,000 Watch
[Swazi Media] News that a Swazi Prince was robbed in a hotel room has exposed something of the lifestyle of King Mswati III's family.

2015-08-21 Swaziland 'To Build $3bn Shipping Port'
[Swazi Media] The Government of Swaziland, an impoverished African nation with no coastline, has backed a plan to build a shipping port which will cost an estimated US$3 billion.

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