Guide to Women in Leadership
Kingdom of Swaziland/ Umbuso we Swatina (Female suffrage 1968) The former British Protectorate became fully independent 1968.
Also see Swaziland Heads
1899-1921 Reigning Ndlovukati Latotsibeni Gwamile Mduli/laMvelase
1921-25 Joint Head of State, The Ndlovukati
Ndlovukati means Queen Mother, The Great She-Elephant. She was succeeded by King Sobhuza II (1899-1921-1983). She died 1925.
1925-38 Joint Head of State The Ndlovukati Lomawa Nxumalo Ndwandwe (16.12-15.8)
1938-57 Joint Head of State The Ndlovukati Nukwase Nxumalo Ndwandwe (19.8-15.9)
1957-75 Joint Head of State The Ndlovukati Zihlathi Ndwandwe (18.9-22.1)
1975-? Joint Head of
Ndlovukati Seneleleni Ndwandwe
It is not clear when she was succeeded as The Ndlovukati by Dzeliwe Shongwe.
1982-83 Reigning The Ndlovukati
Deposed by her successor, the mother of the prince chosen to succeed his father King Subituza II. (b. 1899)
1983-86 Reigning Ndlovukati Ntombi laTfwala
1986- Joint Head of State
According to the constitution the Ndlovukati and King are Co-Heads of State and therefore she rules together with son king Mswati III (1968-1986-).
Minister of Health Dr. Fanny Friedman
Between 1957-68 Medical Officer, 1968-72 Principal Secretary and 1972-79 Director of Medical Service in the Ministry of Health, 1983-87 Member of the House of Assembly, 1987-ca.97 Senator. (b. 1926-)
1996-2003 Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Phetsile Kholekile Dlamini-Nkomo
1998-2001 Minister of
Housing and Urban Development Stella Hope K. Lukkele
2001-03 Minister of Tourism, Environment and Communications
2003-08 Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
1998-2008 Secretary of the Cabinet Futhi Kulhase Mdludi
2003-06 Minister of Housing and Development Dumsile Sukat
2006-08 Minister of Natural Resources and Energy
She became the first woman to act as Prime Minister for a short period during the absence of both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Premier.
2003-06 Minister of Education Constance Simelane
2006-08 Deputy Prime Minister
2003-08 Minister of Environment and Communication Thandie Shongwe-Sumelane
Former Ambassador to USA. Senator from 2008.
2006-08 Vice-Minister of Regional Development and Youth Hlobisile
2008-13 Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs
2008-13 Minister of Local
Government and Housing Lindiwe Gwebu-Oti
2013- Minister of Public Works and Transport
Pastor and business woman, appointed to the Senate in 2008.
2008-13 Minister of Natural
Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile of Swaziland
2013- Minister of Home Affairs
Appointed MP by her brother King Mswati III in 2003 and Senator from 2008.
Until 2011 Minister of Information, Commnunication and Technolog Nelsiwe Shongwe
Minister of Information, Commnunication and Technolog
2013- Minister of Labour and Social Security
2013- Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Jabulile Mashwama
2013- Minister of Health Sibongile Simelane
Last update 11.11.13