Zanzibar beach
Lifestyle

The tourism outlook for Africa post-pandemic

The tourism sector in Africa is expected to return to normal in the second half of 2021. That was the prediction made by Professor Dr Wolfgang Thome, the Publisher of ATC News, East Africa’s largest aviation, tourism and conservation news

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Mobile money kiosks
Economy

Is mobile money replacing or enabling cash?

In March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was forced to deny a report that handling of cash could help to spread COVID-19. The health concerns were valid given the velocity of money. It is estimated that smaller bills change

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Smart Cities are the future
Innovation

Will Smart Cities become a reality for Africa?

Most African cities were built by colonialists and are no longer fit for purpose. Cities are crumbling under the weight of rural-to-urban migration, poor urban planning and decades of under-investment in infrastructure from electricity to water and sanitation. Something urgently

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Mila Kunis wearing Zambian emeralds
Economy

How coloured gemstones knocked diamonds off their perch

Diamonds may last forever but consumer tastes have noticeably pivoted towards coloured gemstones. This shift was initially driven by the continued high prices of natural diamonds which inspired consumers to look for more affordable, high quality options. Gemstones have opened

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Madagascar vanilla
Economy

5 reasons why agriculture underperforms in Africa

Africa has potential to feed the world with 60% of total uncultivated arable land available for agriculture. Yet Africa fails to feed itself. Even though more than 60% of the workforce is employed by agricultural sector, the continent relies on

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