King Mswati III will be turning 50 years old on April 19, 2018 whereas the country will be celebrating 50 years of Independence on September 6, 2018.
Unveiling the logo at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre this week was Home Affairs Minister Princess Tsandzile, who said it remains an exclusive property of the government of Swaziland.
The minister emphasised that the logo must be used only for purposes related to the celebrations, and said people violating it may face prosecution and a jail sentence of up to 20 years.
The logo comprises a stylised royal crown with stars, a scroll, a shield, national flag, and olive wreaths seated on 50-50 wood marks.
The meaning of the symbols used on the logo is as follows: the royal crown and stars represents the Sovereign of Swaziland, and the five stars on top of feathers symbolize the celebration of five decades of the country’s independence anniversary.
The scroll forms the base of the logo crest and carries the period dates of the celebrations, which are 1968 to 2018. It also has a congratulatory message to the King and the country.
“The golden shield has been adapted from the Swazi Government’s Coat of Arms and forms the centerpiece of the logo. Superimposed on it is the national flag, flanked by two olive wreaths which represent the peace that has been enjoyed by the Swazi Nation since the attainment of independence,” an official explained.
Each wreath has 16 leaves which, when combined, add up to 32 – which is the number of years King Mswati III would have ruled the country by 2018.