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Tanzanian Forum Delegate Promotes Tourism

Shirika la Umeme of Tanzania appeared to be on a tourism marketing exercise whilst attending the Global Forum, enthralling us with his accounts of the amazing Zanzibar Hotels.

Just set foot on Zanzibar and wondering what can keep you busy for the duration of your stay? Don’t worry, we have given you a list of activities that you can do while enjoying the beautiful holiday destination of Zanzibar.
•    Cheetah’s Rock: If you are an ultimate animal lover, Cheetah’s Rock will be sure to satisfy your animal passion. Cheetah’s Rock has every animal you can think of and the animals are pretty friendly too. A cocktail juice can be served at arrival or departure and you can have a tour around Cheetah’s Rock, meeting and greeting all the precious creatures that are present. The staff also show great affection for the animals which is pretty much a bonus.
•    Scubafish Zanzibar Ltd: Maybe you went to Zanzibar conquer some of your fears and maybe diving is one of them. Scubafish Zanzibar Ltd is here to help you not only conquer your fears but fall in love with diving too! The staff is available to assist you in anyway possible and they know how much of a terrifying experience diving might be so they are quite patient with you. Relax; you are in safe sea hands. Scubafish are also a great source of information for the best Zanzibar accommodation.
•    Dive Point Zanzibar, Matemwe: Dive Point in Zanzibar caters for outdoor and water sports. Not only is it a water sports company but also a diving school that boosts of experienced and skilled divers. The fact that it is a diving school shows the amount of commitment the experienced divers have towards their beginners. The staff doesn’t only care about the first timers but also experienced and skilled divers who come to Dive Point. At Dive Point, your life is in safe and reliable hands.
•    Friendly Taxi’s and Tours: There is a misconception that the only activity you can get up to in Zanzibar is watersports. Wrong memo, you can get a tour around Zanzibar meeting and getting to know the community and residents better. During this tour, you have the opportunity of studying the culture and history of Zanzibar. You can hire a taxi or pre-arrange it before you get to Zanzibar so you can tour the place and get a better feel of it.
•    Palace Museum, Beit-al Sahel: If history is your thing, you might want to visit the Palace Museum, Beit-al Sahel while in Zanzibar. The museum greets you with a glorious structure as you enter the building. As you tour around the museum, you start getting an idea of the history of the people of Zanzibar. It is often said that you can’t visit a different country or city and have no interest in knowing its history. After your visit or tour of the glorious museum, you will have an idea of what Zanzibar and its people are all about.
•    Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, Stone Town: Fancy getting inked while enjoy your holiday destination? Hurumzi Gallery Art Gallery is just the place you looking for. The small store caters for all those hand painting lovers. The store has some lovely paintings that are color, unique and creative for people who love the admiration of art. The women who work at the store are friendly and welcoming. This small store has Muslim owners who are very creative in maintaining their store in artistic and yet fascinating ways.

There are many other places that you can visit while enjoying your stay in Zanzibar. Essentially, it boils down to what kind of place you prefer. It is important also to be open to options because the whole point of visiting and touring a new place is to learn more about it.

Have fun!

Innovative entrepreneurs assist European volunteers and interns in Africa

Africa simply does not benefit from endless financial aid from first world countries. As the saying goes, rather teach a man to fish for a lifetime than give him a meal for a day. African Sunrise Volunteers is comprised of some innovative entrepreneurs that are making it easier for students and scholars to volunteer in Africa or complete an internship in Africa. It is extremely common with First World learners to journey to a remote African country like Ghana, Senegal or South Africa and offer freely of his or herself, working with local community projects and helping the disadvantaged and / or underprivileged uplift themselves. There are lots of internship and volunteer emplacement specialists on the internet that can be of assistance with supporting students serious about finding the right project placements. Typically these kinds of organizations can assist the intern with settling in, supplying them with residence, putting these folks in initiatives that his or her studies or life skills can best be put to use.

Luckily through conferences like the Global Forum for innovation and entrepreneurship, like minded people are able to come together and share ideas and innovative new ways of approaching problems that need to be solved. Learning to be a volunteer in a foreign country is not necessarily for everybody. It requires a certain kind of person who is able to freely give of themselves and share their knowledge and certification to improve the lives of substantially less privileged. Having said that, an increasing number of scholars are making the choice to do it which is fabulous to hear that there are a great number of generous people about. There has been a steady build up of application submissions by individuals ready to volunteer in Africa. Cape Town is rather popular with scholars wishing to complete an internship and good intentioned individuals willing to volunteer and participate in the initiatives and ventures being monitored by Charity Organizations in the area. African Sunrise Volunteers are the real thing, giving  quality guidance to their applicants and diverting their commitment all the way through to the projects that will actually make full use of their expertise. Volunteering is all about offering up your efforts toward a worthy cause, absolutely free. It is a chance to help other folks who are in need that hopefully will benefit from your schooling, abilities and experience.

Cape Town is a popular option for plenty of people, most likely due to the natural splendor, the nature, the mountains, the weather and the diverse cultural heritage.  African Sunrise volunteers is a volunteer and intern positioning agency which specializes in helping persons from overseas in finding the optimal spot for them. African Sunrise facilitates their volunteers and interns by providing all of them with secure effective placements, positioning interns or volunteers in tthe most relevant projects best suited to their particular skills. For those who have studied psychology or have an interest in psychology, you will be slotted into a course that your skills can be used.
African Sunrise Volunteers offer you a base entrance time-span of 3 months at a package rate.

This three month package covers :

  1. • Assistance with organizing your Visa papers should you choose to stay for longer than three months
  2. • A wonderful outing to the Cape Point Nature Reserve as well as the penguin sanctuary at Simonstown
    • Reliable Lodging for the period of your internship
    • Project placing with a program which makes use of a person’s interests or ones knowledge
  3. • A bequest to the programme you are working on as a valuable outcome of your time and efforts
    • A mentor selected to be with you on your programme
    • A fabulous Introduction Day where everyone is encouraged to socialize and also have some fun
  4. • The specifics that belong to the contact person at African Sunrise who’s available Around the clock to help you out
    • An authorized sim to make use of in South Africa, making it simpler to stay in contact with new friends and colleagues.

volunteers in cape town

Please check the African Sunrise Volunteers website for updated information regarding the specific projects and programs that they are currently engaged with. Support these innovative vibrant people who have shown their commitment to helping the less fortunate through providing a very reputable placement service.


Claremont dentist keeps up with technological advances

We all know that technology is moving faster and faster with new products and innovations being released all the time. Buy the latest gadget today with all the bells and whistles and guaranteed in a month or two, something better with more features will be released. Technological advances and new innovations are not limited to mobile phones. These leaps ahead are seen across all industries and the equipment that is being used. The medical and dental industries are not excluded. The costs of staying abreast with technology in these industries is exorbitant. Local Cape town dentist, Dr P. Singh, chatted to us about the need to stay abreast with technological improvements. The Claremont dentist explained the costs involved for a newly qualified dentist in South Africa, who wants to start his own practice. For a dentist that has just qualified at dentistry, the capital required to start his or her own practice runs into millions of rands. In most cases many of these newly qualified dentists will already be in considerable debt, having to pay off their bank loans for their tuition fees. Dr Singh has been been based in Claremont for over seven years  now and has a broad customer base. Having all the very  latest equipment is not necessarily essential but it is still important for dentists in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa to stay abreast with technological developments in dentistry. The dental association of South Africa is well organized and helps it’s members stay abreast with global technological innovations according to Dr Singh. The Global Forum held in South Africa 2013 showcased technology and innovative strategies in many fields including dentistry. Besides servicing the areas of Claremont, Newlands and Kenilworth, Dr Singh is also conveniently situated if you are looking for dentist in Rondebosch. The dental practice is situated right in the center of these four suburbs and provides convenient traffic free access.

Claremont Cape Town

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Cape Entrepreneur provides sober house in Cape Town

Still with the conference theme of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, we thought we would cast our eyes in the direction of a relatively new but much needed healthcare sector. Substance abuse and the treatment and rehabilitation of these people is a global concern and Southern Africa is by no means an exception. Every year, more and more people world wide are being accepted into rehabilitation centers for substance abuse, including alcohol, street drugs like cocaine and heroine, and pharmaceutical , prescription drugs. Addictive behaviors extend still further into process addictions, like online gaming, gambling, sex and love addiction and so on. Underneath any addictive behavior lies an obsessive compulsive tendency to follow through with an action, regardless of how clear the negative consequences are to that person, Rehabs isolate these people for a period of time, give them some tools they can use, then send them off afterwards, to reintegrate back into society. Many of these people are not yet strong enough to cope with all the triggers of their previous lifestyles. Something as random as smelling the sulfur from a burning match might cause a rehabilitated addict to recall some kind of euphoric experience related to their drug use, and that’s a very strong trigger fro a potential relapse.

sober living in Cape Town

Scotswood Retreat was founded by Cape Town entrepreneur, Julia Finnis-Bedford, at a time where innovative ways of looking at dealing with helping people transition smoothly from rehabilitation centers, back into normal healthy living, was much needed.  Scotswood Retreat is a large tranquil, Victorian Farmhouse, set on six acres of private estate in Constantia, Cape Town.  The retreat has a total of eight beds available. The rooms are comfortable with feather duvets, there’s a fantastic large lounge area complete with original log fireplace, and french doors that lead out onto the enclosed private garden and swimming pool. Free DSTV and WIFI facilities are included in the fees. There are professional staff on site, lockers where valuable can be safely stored if needed, a registered recovery assistant, addiction counseling if required, relapse prevention group meetings every Wednesday, Evening meals are cooked Sunday to Friday and the house is serviced three times per week. The house is conveniently located to Malls, Coffee Shops and restaurants as well as AA and NA meetings in the area.

Julia Finnis-Bedford and her team, Sue Van Der Wath, Louisa Baronetti and Ruby Weber, are a skilled and dedicated team whose strengths compliment each others.  A job well done by this Cape Town entrepreneur, in using innovation to help addicts find their way home. So, if you are someone you may know is looking for peaceful sober living in Cape Town, I recommend you follow the links in this article to Scotswood Retreat.



Innovative South African Company

The Sugar Crystal Company is a South African company that has been growing from strength to strength over the past fifteen years, developing and gradually refining their process for the mass production of sugar swizzle sticks.

sugar swizzle sticks

The company was started over fifteen years ago by Cape Town entrepreneur, Richard Morris. Richard had previously run several successful businesses in the past including FrozFrut, one of the first frozen yoghurt frozen suckers to be marketed in South Africa. The business traded very successfully , at one point securing the sole rights to sell on the prestigious Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Following on that success, Richard went on to start another great venture,  Take-the Prith, a cheese wholesale business, which he later went on to sell. In 2002, Richard, with the help of a few founding partners, started the Sugar Crystal Company. The early days were not easy and many of the founding partners fell by the wayside. Despite the difficulties in the beginning, Richard would not be swayed from his vision and pushed on, financially committing himself completely. The company gradually pulled forward, making some ground breaking innovations in the technology they were utilizing to produce the sugar swizzle sticks. As time passed, despite the global economic downturn, the business began exporting on a larger and larger scale, delaying with some large international clients. The Sugar Crystal Store website was launched where South African businesses and customers could order the product online for local delivery. A simple website offering all the company’s products, including their tremendously popular range of Rock Candy swizzle sticks. The Rock Candy range consists of twelve colors and zesty fruity tongue twisting flavors.


The was a huge surge in demand for the rock candy range, particularly in the blue color after the the release of the popular animated movie, Frozen. It was the latest craze for little girls to have the blue sugar crystal swizzle sticks as treats at their birthday parties. The Sugar Crystal company capitalized on this craze and production increased 3 fold to point where it was time to completely update the the factory. The business moved premises and trebled in size and capacity. The Sugar Crystal company provides employment for many African women, thanks to the innovative technology developed by them.