Official launch in Swaziland of ADEA mobile application for capturing teacher and learner attendance

Through its Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (ADEA-WGEMPS) and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training in Swaziland, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) launched the Smart School System (3S), a mobile application for capturing teacher and learner attendance, financed by the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and ADEA. The official launch took place on April 11, 2017 in Mbabane, attracting 60 participants, among them the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Training, Patrick Muir; the Chairperson of...

Swaziland secures US $63-million AfDB loan to finance smallholder irrigation project

Swaziland has secured a US $63 million (ZAR 2.01 billion) loan to finance the second phase of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP II) in the southeastern part of the country. The LUSIP II, approved by the African Development Bank Board on Wednesday, May 5, 2016, is a follow-up project to the LUSIP-I which was completed in 2010. The project was a response to the Government’s recognition that the natural resources potential of the Lower Usuthu River Basin provided an excellent opportunity for effective integration of poor smallholder farmers into the commercial agriculture...

Swaziland - Lower Usuthu Irrigation Project II – (LUSIP II) - ESMP Summary

The Lower Usuthu Small holder Irrigation Project (LUSIP II) has identified potential environmental impacts that may arise as the project is being implemented. These are both negative and positive. The project has been the subject of a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in accordance with national legislation and the AfDB Integrated Safeguards System (ISS). The ESIA has identified a number of potential adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the project and has developed mitigation measures as entailed in the Environmental and Social Management...

Southern Africa Quarterly Report 3rd Quarter -2014 - Issue No.14


ACCF grants USD 1.35 million to enhance climate finance readiness in Cape Verde, Kenya and Swaziland

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) announced Friday, the approval of three projects totaling USD 1.35 million to enhance the readiness of Cape Verde, Kenya and Swaziland to mobilize climate finance, necessary to achieve national sustainable development goals. The African continent is already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change. In spite of this reality, it continues to receive a disproportionately small share of climate finance compared to other continents. In order to mobilize finance on the scale needed, ministries, national agencies, local NGOs, and research...

AfDB promotes renewable energy investment in Swaziland

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will issue a grant of US $990,000 to finance three studies under an energy sector support programme in Swaziland. The objective of the programme is to provide technical assistance to Swaziland aimed at promoting investment in the electricity supply industry to expand reliable energy supplies and enhance the country’s electricity access rate. The Bank and the Government of Swaziland/Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) will jointly finance the project, with the Bank’s funding representing 93.1% of the total project cost. Specifically the project involves...

Southern Africa Quarterly Report 2nd Quarter-2014 Issue No.13

The Southern Africa region reported an acceleration of growth in over half of the countries in the second quarter of 2014. In five countries, growth either decelerated or stayed on course. Growth was strongest in Angola, which grew by 8.8 percent, driven by growth in non-oil activities in the construction and energy sectors; followed by Mozambique, which grew by 7.5 percent, supported by the acceleration of trade related activities, transport, telecoms, and manufacturing and electricity; and Zambia, which grew by 6.5 percent following strong public expenditure in social sectors and...

Southern Africa Quarterly Review and Analysis – 1st Quarter 2014 - Issue 12

The Southern Africa region continued on a positive growth path with significant differences in growth rates among countries in the region. Mozambique, Zambia and Angola registered the fastest growth rates, exceeding the 7 percent growth rate target of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), supported by positive performance of the mining sectors and strong public expenditure. Officials in Zimbabwe also predict a significant acceleration of growth (from 3.7 percent in 2013 to 6.1 percent in 2014) premised on the successful implementation of its Agenda for Sustainable SocioEconomic...

Working Paper 204 - Skills and Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa: Analysis with Evidence from Swaziland

For the past decade, Swaziland, as most of the other middle income countries in Southern Africa (e.g., Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa) has been among the slow growing economies on the continent. With high unemployment and youth unemployment, inclusive growth in the region has remained elusive (Jauch, 2011; Ncube et al., 2014). Despite the oversized public sectors, the overall employment has been low, reflecting limited private sector job creation and entrepreneurship, both in the formal and informal sector. The countries were also negatively impacted by the global financial crisis,...

Swaziland - La BAD finance un projet inclusif de services d’eau et d’assainissement pour un montant de 23 millions de dollars

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé le mercredi 18 juin 2014 à Tunis, un projet de fourniture de services durables d’eau et d’assainissement de la municipalité d’Ezulwini au Swaziland dont l’objectif est de promouvoir la croissance inclusive, en prenant en compte les populations des zones rurales, urbaines et périurbaines. Le coût total du projet, estimé à 17,604 millions d’unité de compte (UC) -  environ 27 millions 120 mille dollars - sera financé conjointement par la BAD et le gouvernement du Swaziland. Ce projet...

AfDB approves loan to improve quality of Manzini-Mbadlane highway

The Board of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a project for Swaziland for the amount of  UA 30 million (approximately 47 million dollars) to improve the standard and quality of the road linking Manzini to Mbadlane in the area of Manzini in Swaziland. The city of Manzini provides employment to more than 250,000 Swazis who will directly benefit from the project in terms of economic activities and travel cost and time.    The road also connects to the main tourist and social infrastructure situated in Manzini,...

Swaziland - Ezulwini Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery Project - ESMP Summary

Water will be abstracted from Lusushwana River, at a point upstream of Mantenga falls and downstream of the Luphohlo Dam. This component includes intake structure, low flow gauging weir, 3km of 400mm raw water gravity main, water treatment works with a capacity of 7,860m3/day, 2 storage reservoirs (10Ml and 5Ml), a treated water pump station, rising main and connector lines to existing Ezulwini water supply distribution system. The Project is designed to meet water demand for Ezulwini town and surrounding areas up to 2030. While most of the water for the project will be generated from the...

Swaziland - Manzini to Mbadlane (MR3) Highway Project - ESMP-RAP Summary

The Manzini-Mbadlane Road Highway Project comprises the dualisation of a 30km section between the city of Manzini and Mbadlane on Main Road 3 (MR3). The project involves dualisation from existing two-lane single carriageway to two-lane dual carriageways with controlled or limited access to local traffic. The project will significantly improve the functionality of the road infrastructure to accommodate increasing commercial traffic servicing economic and industrial centres and intra-regional trade traffic between neighbouring Mozambique and South Africa. The section under consideration...

Southern Africa Quarterly Review and Analysis – 4th Quarter 2013 - Issue 11

The Southern Africa region closed the year on an overall positive note, notwithstanding the downward revisions in growth projections seen in nearly half of the countries covered. Early indications show that the average growth rate for 2013 was 4.3 percent, only slightly lower than the 4.4 percent predicted in the third quarter. On a positive note, growth was strong in Mozambique, Zambia and Angola and picked up in Malawi and Swaziland. Mozambique continued on a strong growth path driven by growth in the mining sectors (coal) and in transport and communications.

Swaziland’s new CSP focuses on Infrastructure, Inclusive Growth and Governance

Note: the CSP will be published as soon as it is finalised. The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday, February 5 in Tunis approved Swaziland’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for 2014-2018, which focuses on promoting economic growth and improving living conditions of the people. The CSP is built around two pillars: (i) Supporting Infrastructure Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and (ii) Strengthening Governance and Institutional Capacity. The document underscores the fact that Swaziland’s categorization as a lower middle-income...

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Swaziland - Telecommunications III Project - PPER

This Project Performance Evaluation Report (PPER) concerns the Telecommunications III Project in Swaziland, financed from a Bank loan of MUA 7.821 in November 1981. The Loan Agreement was signed on 5/5/82 and became effective on 3/12/82. Swaziland’s telecommunication services are the responsibility of SPTC (Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation), which is a public enterprise, the loan beneficiary and executing agency. To consolidate the achievements of the two previous projects initiated and financed with Bank assistance, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation...