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Swaziland: Unemployment Remains the Top Issue in the Minds of Swazis

Swaziland was excluded from the United States Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the beginning of 2015 and there are expectations that this will have an adverse impact on the economy and employment.  Also the continued unpredictability of the revenue derived from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) continues to be a major challenge for the government and its ability to address some of these issues.


Swaziland: Much Work To Do For the Acting Chief Justice To Restore Confidence In His Office

Swaziland recently appointed an acting Chief Justice Bheki Maphalala in June 2015 after the removal of the previous head of the judiciary.  The new appointee is the first Swazi to be appointed to the esteemed position and has the important task of restoring the nation’s confidence in his office and the judicial system.


Swaziland: Government performance, the economy, country specific questions

Findings at a glance:

Government Performance: Half of Swazis say unemployment is the most important issue government should address.  Current survey data shows this as a growing concern amongst Swazis.

Judiciary: Confidence in the judicial system low with only 26% of Swazis being confident with the Chief Justice.

Economic Conditions: Swazis are optimistic about the country’s economic conditions; 56% expect them to improve over the next 12 months.


10 things to know about Afrobarometer data & methodology.

1. Afrobarometer has collected data on the perceptions and attitudes of African citizens since 1999.

2. Our data are collected from nationally representative samples.

3. All respondents are randomly selected; every adult citizen has an equal chance of being selected.

4. Samples are distributed across urban/rural areas in proportion to their share of the national population.

5. We use face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.