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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

SWAZI DISAPORA DEMOCRACY SEMINAR

Swazi Diaspora Platform

Press Release

6 September 2011

The Swazi Diaspora Platform gives support to the Global Week of Action for Swaziland

The interim committee of the Swazi Diaspora Platform will be hosting a seminar in Johannesburg as part of activities taking place during the Global Week Of Action for Swaziland (5 – 9 September 2011).

The Swazi Diaspora Forum was born of the genuine desire by all Swazis based outside Swaziland. The aim is to have a space for reflection, engagement and open dialogue about the situation in Swaziland at all times. It shall coordinate efforts by Swazis in the Diaspora and others who would appreciate to share ideas relating to the grave situation in Swaziland and what needs to be done, including defining specific roles that can be assumed by the Diaspora community.

The seminar titled “Swaziland: Prospects for Democracy in time of Financial Bailouts,” will take place as follows:

Date: 08 September 2011

Venue: Umthombo Lecture Hall, Wits University, Johannesburg

Time: 18h00

Invited speakers will deliver papers that will give insight on the situation in Swaziland starting with a little known historical narrative dating back to colonial times and exploring the various forces that resulted in Swaziland being the last absolute monarchy, and exploring current trends and circumstances including the bail-out offered by the South African government to the Swazi government; within the context of prospects for democratisation in Swaziland.

The featured speakers are:

Mr. Muzi Masuku – Country Director in Swaziland: Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. OSISA has been working closely with non-governmental organisations in Swaziland in the pursuit democracy, a culture of human rights and good governance.

Dr. Nhlanhla Dlamini – Head of Department of History at the University of Swaziland. He specialises in research on Swazi history.

Mr. Dumisani Hlophe – A political and social commentator on regional politics based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Join us for an informative evening that will give a factual perspective on the crisis in Swaziland.

Support the Global Week of Action whenever or wherever you can! Visit the SDC website for a protest action near you!

For more information please contact:

Ntombenhle Khathwane - +27 72 327 6497; swazidiaspora@gmail.com

Siphosenkosi Dlamini - +27 84 359 3030; swazidiaspora@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @swazidiaspora

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