Trans-border tourism parks expected to promote regional stability, environmental conservation, and development
In an innovative move Southern African countries have charted out a trans-border tourism park in the hopes of creating increased stability, environmental protection, and development.
Sources:SA Node April 2011, pgs. 4-5
For more information about the Okavango/Zambeze, aka Kavango/Zambezi (Kaza) project:
For more information about the Wildlife Management and Tourism colleges.
A shift in regional focus from post WWII globalization
The interwar periods saw immense amount of protectionism as countries folded back into themselves and sought self-suffiency after a very open and trade focused world of the 1800s. After WWII the US focused on opening up Europes borders once again, with the help of the Marshal Plan and the Bretton Woods Institutions. Now that Europe and the US are for a large part open (at least with each other) the focus has turned to the rest of the world, Africa included.
Sources:South Africa Node July 2010, pg. 3
Buy phone credit and get free life insurance
"Trustco, the microfinance and microinsurance provider has signed an agreement with Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless for the roll-out of a product, which would see the operator’s subscribers get free life insurance when they buy airtime for their cell phones. No contracts would have to be signed
beforehand and Trustco would not have to collect payment from individuals each month. As long as subscribers buy airtime, they will be covered by the
Sources:South Africa Node, September 2010:
Is game farming and hunting in Africa's sustainable future?
"There is now also a growing appreciation of the benefits of game farming as opposed to traditional livestock farming. Indigenous game farming promises to be more sustainable, having multiple benefits such as (this is by no means exhaustive):
-requiring less infrastructure;
-consuming less water;
-animals are easier to breed and maintain;
-animals are more resilient to environmental factors so production costs are lower;
-impacts on the land are smaller;
-less fatty meat means better health prospects for consumers; and
Sources:South Africa Node, Sept. 2010: