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Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, has announced that the upcoming Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) public holiday would be in August.
Commenting on this year's surprisingly early declaration of the Reed Dance public holiday, Minister Gamedze said that the holiday had been announced earlier in 2011 as a means to attract more tourists as they would have enough time to plan their trip to Swaziland.
The Umhlanga, Reed Dance, public holiday is usually declared barely 2-3 weeks before the event (2010-08-12 and 2008-08-15), and on some occasions it was declared only days beforehand (2009-08-29 and 2007-08-28).
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