Lifestyle

Some BRICS Countries’ Beaches Make It To The Top 100 Best In The World

The beach rankings were compiled and published by BeachAtlas, a London-based startup, used an algorithm…

18 Countries Participate In ‘Spirit of Fire’ Debut Festival

The international film festival was attended by filmmakers and film industry personalities from various countries…

Iran Introduces Visa-Free Travelling For 32 Countries

“Citizens of more than 30 contries will no longer need visas to travel to Iran…

Tourist Traffic To South Africa Doubled In 2023

Between January and December 2023, the number of international travellers arriving in South Africa was…

The Number Of Companies Interested In Investing In Rio De Janeiro Increases By 33%

The number of industries interested in investing in Rio increased by 33% in 2023. The number of industrial companies interested in opening or expanding their business in the state of Rio de Janeiro increased by 33% last year compared to 2022. According to the Rio de Janeiro State Industrial Development Company (Codin), 123 firms have had their applications for tax incentives approved during this period. “The state of Rio de Janeiro is becoming increasingly attractive for business. It is proved…

Xiamen Village Uses Innovative Ways To Achieve Sustainable Economic Development While Preserving The culture

Situated in the tranquil landscape of Xiamen’s Tong’an District, Lianhua Village exemplifies China’s commitment to balanced development. The village’s transformative journey reveals the profound impact of the revival of rural communities, the boom of sugar apple industry, and the village’s rise as a vibrant tourist destination.  The village’s transformation mirrors the overarching strategy of China’s Global Development Initiative (GDI), a visionary effort to bridge urban-rural disparities and foster inclusive growth. The village has strategically aligned its developmental trajectory with the…

Planting a Business: How One Couple’s Rural Business Put The Roses Back In Their Cheeks

In their hometown of Hengxi Village, Xinxing Town, Songyang County, Lishui, Zhejiang Province in east China, young entrepreneurs Ye Jianhua and Fang Jing have a greenhouse estate. The couple described the 1.3-hectare area as their main battleground for entrepreneurship.  Since 2018, through artificial pollination, hybridisation and other technologies, they have cultivated and planted more than 45 rose succulents, a fascinating succulent variety. These roses with unique colours and shapes can generate over 1 million yuan ($137,000) in output value annually. …

Creativity Is A Force For Social Change In The Rural Areas

In April 2018, Songyang County in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, launched the “Hundred Artists Settlement in Songyang Villages Plan,” which invites artists from all over the country, to help with the protection and inheritance of local culture. It is aimed at boosting the development of traditional villages through art.  “Artists bring art to the village. Some use art to beautify the place and raise their popularity; some help villagers to create artworks as a method of poverty alleviation; some promote…

SABC Scoops Coveted Afcon Contract, Beating Supersport

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed that it has secured the rights to broadcast Africa’s multinational soccer competition, Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), following the failure of Supersport to do so a few days ago. The Total Energies AFCON 2023 contract, which comes with commercial rights that will boost the public broadcasters’ revenue, will allow households and individuals without access to the DSTV sports bouquet the privilege to watch the exhilarating soccer matches. “The SABC team is happy…

Mozambique Airline Expands Regional Reach With New Routes

Mozambique’s flagship airline carrier, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), is cementing its regional reach with the re-launching of two new routes to the country’s major tourist destinations of Vilankulo (Inhambane province) and Beira (Sofala province). “We are marking this resumption of flights with the strong aim of bringing to Vilankulo people eager to have contact with the wonders of this land”, João Carlos Pó Jorge, LAM’s Director General, said on Sunday after the inaugural flight from Johannesburg (South Africa) to…

African Farmers Set To Benefit From Digital Education Platform

One of Russia’s largest phosphate-based fertilizers producers, PhosaAgro, has launched a digital education platform for African farmers amid calls by African heads of state for President Putin’s government to transfer agricultural technology.  Mikhail Sterkin, PhosAgro’s Deputy CEO for Sales, Marketing and Logistics, made the announcement at the on-going second Russia–Africa Summit and Economic and Humanitarian Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.   Called Pro Agro Lectorium, the platform is expected to provide online lectures on a variety of topics. This…

Human-Wildlife Conflict Threatens Tourism, Says Zimparks Chief

COMPETITION for space between humans and wildlife has become a threat to both animals and forests, which are the backbone of the tourism industry, a top conservationist has said. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) Director General Fulton Mangwanya said this problem needed to be urgently addressed. “Today, due to the ever-growing population in Africa and the whole world, we have noted with concern the competition for space between humans and wildlife,” Mangwanya said. “As a result, landscapes are…

Durban July Set To Inject Millions Into Ethekwini Economy

THE Durban July Experience is forecast to inject R130 million (US$7,2 million) to the economy of Ethekwini. The event will attract up to 48 000 attendees, amassing R65 million in direct spending and creating 1 500 jobs. eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda disclosed the figures ahead of the event set for this weekend. The mayor reassured visitors of a safe and entertaining Durban July. Kaunda said law enforcement agencies will be deployed to strategic areas. Approximately 100 Metro police officers will…

Max’s Lifestyle Village: A Humble Journey to Global Fame

FROM its early days as a butchery and braai place, to now being a hugely popular venue frequented by all cultures and races from all over the world, Max’s Lifestyle has a fascinating history. It was once a one-room shack near a stream and was built in front of a former taxi rank in the year 2000. Many well-known local celebrities, sportspersons and politicians are to be found unwinding there. Last month, the tourism deputy minister of Namibia, Heather Sibungo,…

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