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Nigeria

FACT FILE Time zone: GMT+1 Plugs: Three-prong square Dialling code: +234 Currency: Naira - $1=200NGN Language: English With its huge mineral wealth and vibrant energy, Nigeria is not only the economic powerhouse of West Africa, but the continent as a whole. The country overhauled its gross domestic product data for the first time in two decades in 2014, and in doing so overtook South Africa as...

Poised for Growth

It’s no coincidence that two of Africa’s biggest economies – Nigeria and South Africa – lead the way in terms of the continent’s most developed private aviation markets. It’s not rocket science – the more money in a particular market, the more opportunity, one would think, there would be for a sector that relies heavily on high-net-worth individuals and multi-national...

VISA WARS

The notice was issued as follows: “The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria, South Africa, is pleased to announce the opening of a Visa Application Centre operated by MDS VisaPak. As of March 1st 2016, visa applications for Morocco will be directed to MDS VisaPak. The visa applications are to be submitted either at MDS VisaPak branches in...

4 HOURS IN… DURBAN

uShaka Marine World The sea-side aquarium and water park opened to the public in 2004, and now houses over 350 species of sea creatures, reptiles and amphibians, and a recreated 1920s shipwreck.Take a leisurely walk around the retail village, take in a dolphin or seal show, or get wet at the Wet ‘n Wild water park, which has slides and...

Eye on West Africa

As a long-term expatriate resident in Lagos, prior to which I was a regular visitor from my London base, I’ve experienced Nigeria since about 1990, under the military regimes of Babangida and Abacha, and then elected presidents from Obasanjo to our current head of state, Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria is a bit of a one-man band in some respects, with the...

Q&A: Legacy – Ever the optimist

Q: What’s the latest on your refurbishment and management of the African Sun properties announced in 2015? A: The exterior at Elephant Hills has been painted, and thatching has been replaced. Food and beverage offerings have also been reinvented by the new Executive Chef. The entertainment centre at the Kingdom at Victoria Falls has been closed for a refurbishment and...

ADVERTORIAL: Delta in Africa

A decade ago, Delta Air Lines led the way in linking the United States to Africa when it launched flights to Dakar, Accra and Johannesburg as part of its greatest ever period of international expansion. A year later, the airline launched its inaugural flight to Lagos, cementing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the African market. Fast...

Amadeus: Social media is also for business!

Delayed at passport control at O.R. Tambo, one business traveller recently tweeted the airport saying “urgently need officers at passport control Terminal A”. Minutes later, O.R. Tambo tweeted back: “We alerted passport control, hope you saw an improvement”. In this digital age, business travellers interact with social media in different ways throughout their trip, according to a recent study by...

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe may be showing signs of improvement and stability, but they aren’t out of the woods just yet. The coalition between the opposition MDC and Mugabe’s Zanu PF is flimsy at best, and elections in 2013 may strain the relationship further, as well as plunge the country once again into conflict. However, most services are back to a semblance...

Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa, bordered by Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the south-east, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, a narrow strip of Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip to the south-west, Angola to the west, and the DRC to the north-west. Fact File Population: 14 million Time: GMT+2 Plugs: European 2-pin, British 3-pin Dialling...

Uganda

Background Formerly a British colony, Uganda suffered under dictators Milton Obote and Idi Amin as well as various military regimes. In 2006 free multi-party elections entrenched former freedom fighter Yoweri Museveni as President. Enlightened policies – on HIV/Aids and to a free market economy – are marred only by the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has received much worldwide press and...

Tunisia

Fact File Capital: Tunis Population: 10,889,000 Time zone: GMT +1 Plugs: Two pin round Dialling code: +216 Currency: Tunisian dinar. Exchange rate: $1 =  1.66020 TND Language: Arabic Visas The following nationalities do not need a visa: Algeria, Antigua, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cote d', Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Is, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Gibraltar, Gilbert Islands,...