Buy Craft. There are great places to buy from, including craft villages, along the streets, etc. Some delightful places to eat.
Fondest memory: Wished we had spent more time there. It is a beautiful country with lovely friendly people, and loads of culture.
Good Shepherd Missionary Hospital
This information has been gleaned, its not from my own experience :-) thank you
The official language is Siswati but you will find that many people also speak English.
How are you?--Kuanjami
I am well/fine---Nikona, Sikona (pleural)
Good Bye---salani Gatle
Good Shepherd Hospital is situated in the Lubombo mountains in a beautiful location.
You will find that it is cooler in the mountainous regions than in the cities. Although the name changed many years ago, most people still call the town 'Stegi'.
The hospital functions as the Regional Hospital.
There are 115 beds but the census is always 150-200% of that, the overflow being accommodated by mats which are located in the hallways.
A verandah that previously served at the children's play ward was converted into an overflow area for the female wards.
The hospital is seriously understaffed with a limited number of RNs and Physicians.
The hospital is located an hour from Manzini and two hours from the capital city of Mbabane.
There is a small town nearby that has several grocery stores, a couple of banks, and variety of clothing and drug stores.
There is an open air market where you can buy a variety of produce. You will be able to purchase all the supplies that you will need in town although selection and prices tend to be better in the larger cities.
The currency in Swaziland is the Emalageni which is equivalent to the South African Rand.
When changing money, request Rands as you can use Rands in both countries. Coins are only accepted in their respective countries.
The hospital was started in 1949 by the Mantellata Sisters and called the Catholic Clinic.
This developed into a hospital over the subsequent years. In 1952, the first part of the hospital was completed. As the demand for services grew, the hospital expanded.
The Medical Mission Sisters assumed hospital operations in 1970. The hospital was upgraded in 1978 to its current facility.
The hospital is owned by the Roman Catholic Church but does not receive financial support from the Church.
The Swaziland Government provides the funding for the hospital but is not reliable for timely payments, leaving the hospital in a financial bind and often unable to make payroll or pay suppliers.
Other sources of income include donations and patient fees.
The hospital has the following departments:
and operating theatre.
There are also private ward, maternity ward, male ward, female and child ward, and the Mental Ward.
There is a strong emphasis on breast feeding education. AIDS counseling and education is present but with limited resources.
The patients fees are quite low and are E 2.50 for a clinic visit, E10 for xray, and E7 for inpatient days.
Laboratory testing is variable in price, but each test is generally about E3.
Medication is free at this time but this situation is being reevaluated due to the tight financial situation.
The hospital oversees the running of 20 rural clinics. The doctors staff regular clinical hours at some of them, but they are primarily staffed by nurses.
There are limited resources and the patients are referred to Good Shepherd Hospital if they need any labs or tests.
Favorite thing: Since there's not much of a nightlife in Mbabane or Manzini, nature and local culture are the main domains of interest here. In summer you must go on top a hill (in a car) at night when there's lightning. Amazing how the entire landsape is lit. The people are very relaxed, but don't trust white tourists much. If you try to communicate with them, they'll turn out to be very friendly.
Drive the scenic Saddleback Pass from Barberton in South Africa via to the Bulembu border post and visit the Havelock mine, which is situated in the scenic mountains. The ore is transported via a cable car route accross the mountains to Barberton where it is transported further by rail and truck. The colourful mining hostel offers great photographic opportunities, just wait for that collumn of smoke out of a chimney.
On your way you will pass through the Shongimvelo Game Reserve, the set for the movie, The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Micheal Douglass and Val Kilmer.
Fondest memory: I have been to Swaziland for the first time in 1990, attending a rock concert by Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading on the anniversary of King Mswati III inauguration. It was held in the Ezulwini Valley in the Somholo Stadium under a full African moon. What an African experience!
Favorite thing: We weren’t in Swaziland for the cities and town, Manzini is just one of the cities we pass through and this is the quick photos I tool of Manzini Church.
Favorite thing: Swaziland is small and poor country but it has a lot to offer for the traveller who wants to experience the beautiful culture and nature of Africa.
Fondest memory: The growing of sugarcane needs much water. Above the sugarcane fields are large machines that distribute this water to the fields.
Favorite thing: Pigs Peak is a range of mountains, starting on entering Swaziland and stretches almost to the capital city.
Favorite thing: Try to rent a lodge in Malolotja. Fantastic place, extremely quiet and very beautiful. Good for hiking. There is a waterfall nearby.