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Africa trends in 2024

Africa trends in 2024 The outlook for Africa in 2024 is a mixed bag. There is optimism in some countries, but concern about others. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica Africa finds itself in a precarious position in 2024. Despite global headwinds there are some positive developments in countries like Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, …

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More funding for biodiversity

More funding for biodiversity As the world wakes up to the biodiversity crisis more funding is becoming available. By Yves Vanderhaeghen According to Professor Sally Archibald, who leads the Wits-based Future Ecosystems for Africa programme, scientists could provide a valuable role in directing funding towards projects where the evidence suggests positive change can be made. …

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Restoring land in East Africa

Restoring land in East Africa Technology is one of the tools used in an extremely effective restoration campaign in East Africa. By John Gaisford   An estimated 65% of Africa’s land is degraded, and that number is expected to worsen thanks largely to climate change and associated desertification. The resultant drylands in sub-Saharan Africa are …

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At WhyAfrica we listen

At WhyAfrica we listen Doing business in Africa or expanding your African footprint can be confusing. Therefore, you need someone to listen to your needs. Investing in Africa’s homegrown companies and markets even more so. Traveling across Africa’s borders or looking for a job in an African country, can be a perplexing exercise. The last …

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How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector

How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector    As the travel and tourism industry looks to a brighter 2024, Marc Wachsberger, CEO of The Capital Hotels, Apartments and Resorts highlights top hospitality business trends for this year, driven by innovative ideas that promise to redefine guest experiences and elevate operational efficiency.  Exciting times …

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What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024?

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024? After a short break in December 2023, WhyAfrica is off to a flying start in 2024 and getting ready to attend the 30th edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica …

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Mozambique back on the map

Mozambique back on the map Mozambique is back on the map. First French energy firm TotalEnergies announced late last year that it plans to restart the long-delayed USD20-billion Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the first quarter of this year. Work on the project was halted in 2021 after an insurgency led by Islamic State-linked militants …

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Harnessing carbon to protect African forests

Harnessing carbon to protect African forests   An innovative carbon financing solution will enable the expansion of clean energy and forest protection across Africa. In Africa, more than 900 million people cook with polluting fuels like charcoal, resulting in deforestation and deaths from household air pollution. These activities also emit greenhouse gases that are similar …

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Africa in the age of change

Africa in the age of change The disruptive forces put into motion by the onset of Covid-19 in 2020 were the prelude to greater change in what scientists now refer to as the Anthropocene (the geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems). Even before the deadly pandemic …

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Growing a forest one tree at a time

Growing a forest one tree at a time A single seed in the overworked hands of Nozibele Mphothulo can be the beginning of a forest.   Affectionately known as “Mamma Evelyn”, she is one of the tree growers of Siyazama Nursery, an initiative established in 2017, to re-establish forests in the Hogsback area of the Eastern …

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While Africa’s tourism grows its water use drops

While Africa’s tourism grows its water use drops  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) yesterday launched its new report, “Water Roadmap for Travel & Tourism”, revealing total water intensity by global travel and tourism has decreased as the sector continues to grow. Despite being one the fastest growing sectors, accounting for one in 10 …

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Global partnership guarantees biodiversity protection in SAs endangered Renosterveld

Global partnership guarantees biodiversity protection in SAs endangered Renosterveld  An influential partnership between conservation organisations and the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (ORCT) has secured the protection of 500 hectares of globally important and endangered habitat in the Overberg district of the Western Cape in South Africa – providing a lifeline for species that would otherwise be …

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USD13.5-trillion needed to be carbon neutral by 2050 says WEF

USD13.5-trillion needed to be carbon neutral by 2050 says WEF Transitioning to a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future, USD13.5-trillion in investments will be needed by 2050, particularly in the production, energy and transport sectors, according to a new World Economic Forum report. The Net-Zero Industry Tracker 2023, published in collaboration with Accenture, takes stock of …

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It’s time for Africa to shape climate change policies

It’s time for Africa to shape climate change policies  Global efforts to limit carbon emissions are falling short, developed countries have not coughed up the USD100-billion promised to help developing countries meet targets, and the EU is set to impose carbon taxes that will hamstring Africa’s development ambitions. Therefore its time for Africa to assume …

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Black Rhino Range Expansion Project moves its 250th rhino

Black Rhino Range Expansion Project moves its 250th rhino In what has been a year of milestones, WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project has just completed the successful translocation of its 250th rhino. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in its tireless work to increase the population of this …

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Travel and tourism in Africa could create 18 million new jobs

Travel and tourism in Africa could create 18 million new jobs At its Global Summit in Kigali, Rwanda recently, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in collaboration with VFS Global, revealed that the African travel and tourism sector could add USD168-billion to the continent’s economy and create over 18 million new jobs. According to …

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Propelling South Africa’s economy forward one tourist at a time

Propelling South Africa’s economy forward, one tourist at a time Although South Africa‘s tourism industry has struggled to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now it a position to pursue aggressive growth. In the first quarter of 2023, South Africa welcomed more than 2 million visitors. Furthermore, over the next decade, this sector is projected …

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Celebrating 100 years of rail tourism in SAs Kruger National Park

Celebrating 100 years of rail tourism in SAs Kruger National Park It has been a century since the first tourist ventured into South Africa’s Kruger National Park by rail and slept in a train carriage on the Sabi Bridge (today the Selati Bridge) to take a rest during the famous “Round in Nine” tour of …

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How Africa’s past could inform water strategies for the future

How Africa’s past could inform water strategies for the future A University of Pretoria linked study has revealed climate-smart water storage strategies adopted by Great Zimbabwe in Middle Ages could be of great value today. A study involving the University of Pretoria (UP), along with academics from Great Zimbabwe University, University of Cambridge in the …

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New biodiversity research project launched in SA today

New biodiversity research project launched in SA today A new biodiversity research project called BioSCape will be launched in the Western Cape, South Africa today. The project will link data collected from satellites and airplanes with field observations to better understand the biodiversity of the Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) and nature’s contributions to people. …

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What are biocredits?

What are biocredits? Biodiversity is degrading at alarming rates, and people living in biodiversity-rich areas often bear the heaviest costs of biodiversity loss and inequitable conservation efforts. By Anna Ducros and Paul Steele Biodiversity credits, or ‘biocredits’, are emerging as a tradeable unit of biodiversity that can incentivise nature conservation and restoration to benefit marginalised …

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Natural resource backed loans a disaster for Africa warn IMF and AfDB

Natural resource-backed loans a disaster for Africa, warn IMF and AfDB The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has strongly supported a call by the African Development Bank Group urging countries in Africa to stop borrowing loans backed by their natural resources. The IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva met Thursday with the President of the African Development …

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SA’s booming tourism industry poised for long-term success

SA’s booming tourism industry poised for long-term success South Africa‘s tourism industry has emerged strongly from the effects of the pandemic. Within the next 10 years, the sector is expected to contribute 800,000 jobs and R287-billion to the national economy. Furthermore, according to the Department of Tourism, the country hosted more than 2 million visitors in the first quarter …

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Finding a balance in Africa’s critical mineral belt

Finding a balance in Africa’s critical mineral belt   The Zambezi Basin covers a massive chunk of land in Southern Africa and has become an area of critical importance to the world. How will African countries within this basin manage its inevitable development?  By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine During …

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Science for impact at Oppenheimer Research Conference

Science for impact at Oppenheimer Research Conference The annual Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC) has become recognised as a space for showcasing and discussing natural and environmental sciences, conservation, and sustainable development in Africa. By Duncan MacFadyen and Rendani Nenguda The 12th Oppenheimer Research Conference is to be held between 4th and 6th October 2023 in …

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Hotel group partners with local community in Kenya

Hotel group partners with local community in Kenya JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio, has opened its first luxury safari lodge in the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya in partnership with the local community. Its partnership with the community began during the early development process of the lodge. Developed on land …

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On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023 Subsistence fishing is the main economic activity of communities living on the shores and islands of Lake Malawi. The sustainable utilisation of fish populations is therefore an important aspect of environmental management in Malawi. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the …

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Connecting with locals in Africa is the name of the new tourism game

Connecting with locals in Africa is the name of the new tourism game The time is ripe for local establishments to tap into socially conscious and sustainable tourism as travellers seek more meaningful interactions during their luxury holidays, industry experts say. These kinds of encounters – doing good while enjoying authentically South African experiences – …

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Bold visions and solid pledges

Bold visions and solid pledges World leaders at this week’s inaugural Africa Climate Summit in the Kenyan capital Nairobi have pledged their support to position the continent at the epicentre of the fight against climate change, urging greater consideration for Africa’s needs. The historic three-day event, hosted by the government of Kenya and the African …

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