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Tunisia’s post office is going crypto

By Grace Caffyn Tunisia’s post office, La Poste Tunisienne, today revealed it is testing a cryptocurrency-powered payments app for 600,000 of its customers. In partnership with startups Monetas and DigitUs, the hybrid service provider – which runs eDinar, Tunisia’s official mobile money – will launch a multi-purpose app for the growing number of smartphone users in the North African […]

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The Moroccan invasion: Casablanca banks charge into sub-Saharan Africa

By Nadia Rabbaa Three Moroccan banks – one part owned by a royal holding company – have led an expansion charge into sub-Saharan Africa. Now, they have changed tack, seeking slower growth and consolidation. To give them valuable experience and seize opportunities beyond the domestic market, the government of an Asian country with a medium-sized […]

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The man who revealed there’s a lot more water in Africa than anybody thought speaks out

By Liz Kalaugher Back in 2012, Alan MacDonald’s paper in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) revealed that there’s a lot more water beneath the African continent than most people suspected. “Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa” is one of the open-access journal’s most highly downloaded papers, clocking up more than 83,000 downloads and 49 citations […]

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‘Everything is nothing without peace’ – How is Tanzania ensuring a peaceful presidential handover?

Key players in Tanzanian politics met for two days this week to discuss a peaceful transition from outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, the 4th President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to the would-be fifth president after the General Elections due next month. Three institutions, namely the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS), the Inter-Religious Council for Peace […]

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Author and Afriworks founder Agyenim Boateng Boniface, alongside associate Richmond Asumin.

How can we solve the problem of exchange in Ghana’s Bitcoin community?

When I first read about Bitcoin, the feeling of euphoria and my expectations for it were unimaginable. But alas, things are not going the way I thought they would. I was happy because I thought Bitcoin was going to minimise the menace caused by Ghana’s central bank and also reduce unemployment levels, particularly among our youth. Those who […]

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Beyond fishing: Diversifying livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Basin

More than 80 percent of the estimated 42 million people living in Central Africa’s Lake Victoria Basin depend on fishing or farming for survival. Given this overwhelming reliance on natural resources, the lake’s deteriorating condition – driven by climate change, agriculture, pollution, deforestation, overfishing, and industrialization – has far-reaching implications. Factors largely beyond individual’s control, […]

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Sinister side of SA’s tourism industry

Guest Post by Chris Mercer “A South African Tourist industry with a sinister side” – Clarissa Ward, presenter for CBS News respected TV show 60 Minutes. Watch this 14-minute segment to learn why lion cub petting is ‘sinister.’ As a travel agent/tour operator, you have a particular responsibility to promote responsible tourism. Promoting ethical tourism […]

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Mum and elephant calf by Les Churchman

How to reconnect with the African Elephant

Guest Post by Les Churchman It’s taken me a long time to understand elephants even a little! Like most people of my generation I grew up occasionally seeing them performing in a circus, zoo or wildlife park. I didn’t enjoy these sad spectacles so later in life I watched every documentary I could to learn […]

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Majorelle Garden jorsym

6 must-hit spots in Marrakech

Looking at the city of Marrakech, it truly is a sight to behold. Inside of the city, it is a bustling maze of streets and bazaars filled with open air markets that sell goods from carpets to pottery. Here are just a few of the things you can get up to in this bustling and […]

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Your semester abroad in Africa – things to bear in mind

Since the foundation of institutions of higher learning, universities and colleges have offered students the option of exploring the world not only through their studies, but through their very eyes. Studying abroad is now very common among students. With more scholarships and grants available for low income students, a lot more students have the luxury […]

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Paddle Boy Adam Cohn

Where can you enjoy discount holidays in Africa?

Africa hardly seems like the kind of destination where you can expect to pick up great discount holidays! You would be forgiven for thinking that as the continent is so far away that prices are likely to cost a fortune. In actual fact, Africa is home to a number of fantastic holiday destination choices offering […]

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How to save money on your South Africa holiday

Guest Post by David Elliott. South Africa is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, especially since it hosted the World Cup, and cities like Johannesburg are experiencing a real boom. As well as the vibrant urban life, visitors on safari can get close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating animals in […]

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