Worldwide 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 (10-12-22.12)
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 State The Ndlovukati Seneleleni Ndwandwe
It is not clear when she was succeeded as
The Ndlovukati by Dzeliwe Shongwe.

1982-83 Reigning The Ndlovukati Dzeliwe Shongwe (21.8-9.8)
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 (18.9-25.4)
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-).

1987-93 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
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 Ndlovu
2008-13 Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs

2008-13 Minister of Local Government and Housing Lindiwe Gwebu-Oti Dlamini
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

2011-13 Minister of Information, Commnunication and Technolog Winnie Magagula
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