Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Southern African Department and predecessors: Registered Files (SAD and CS Series)
This series contains the records of Southern Africa Department and the West Indian 'A' and Swaziland Department relating to United Kingdom and Commonwealth relations with Swaziland between January 1967 and October 1968, and from October 1968 records of the Southern African Department dealing with UK relations with Botswana, Lesotho, the Malagasy Republic, Zambia, South Africa and South West Africa, Malawi, Swaziland and Portuguese Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Principe and São Tomé).
By former file reference
For earlier Colonial Office and Commonwealth Office records relating to relations with Swaziland see CO 1048
For records of the Southern African Department see FCO 105
For records of the Central African Department see FCO 106
Commonwealth Office, West Indian A and Swaziland Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Central and Southern Africa Department, 1969-1979
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Southern African Department, 1968-1969
Relations with Swaziland were managed by the Southern Africa Department of the Commonwealth Office until an internal reorganisation abolished the department and responsibility passed to the West Indian 'A' and Swaziland Department in July 1967.
Swaziland gained independence in the Commonwealth in September 1968, but there was no change in responsibility for relations with Swaziland until the general reorganisation which accompanied the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968, when responsibility for Swaziland passed to the Southern African Department.
The department had responsibility for relations with all of Southern Africa (except Rhodesia), and the remaining Portuguese possessions in Africa generally, and Angola and Mozambique particularly. It was replaced in 1969 by the Central and Southern Africa Department.
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