Thursday, 1st December 2022

Virtual tourism in Africa takes off amid the coronavirus pandemic

African countries are offering tourists from all over the world the chance to travel the continent and even go on safari by virtual means. But is this a satisfactory substitute for the real thing?


24 Nov 2019
The quality of conversations at the Africa Investment Forum has been impressive, and focussed on transactions that can be trans-formative for the continent. Ade Ayemi, CEO of Ecobank spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor, saying that he felt energised by the frank conversations to bring projects to a bankable stage.
24 Nov 2019
On Monday, on the first day of the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton, CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor spoke to Wiebe Boer, CEO of All On. They spoke about Nigeria Energy Access Fund (NEAF) which is focused on investing in off-grid renewable energy companies in Nigeria.
30 Nov 2019
Masai Ujiri, General Manager of Toronto Raptors, a professional Canadian Basketball team, joined CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor at the Africa Investment Forum to talk about developing the game on the continent and the investment opportunities that the Forum offers.
30 Nov 2019
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) regards the Africa Investment Forum as an interesting opportunity to meet and hear from some of Africa’s leaders and some of the key players in the private sector on what they see as the opportunities and challenges on the continent. Sergio Pimenta, Vice President of IFC in Middle East and Africa joins CNBC Africa’s Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor for more.
5 Dec 2019
With Zambia imprisoning two men to 15 years for gay sex and Uganda detaining LGBQ+ activists, an African continent is a difficult place for homosexuals. Why is that?
9 Feb 2020
Last year, to mark four centuries since the start of slavery, Ghana launched a project to encourage people of African descent from around the world to visit their motherland. As a result, some 750,000 people heeded the call and travelled to the country in 2019. But some African-Americans have gone even further and have answered the call to settle and invest on the continent, transforming their trauma into an entrepreneurial force. Our West Africa correspondents report from Togo and Benin.
22 Feb 2020
The Global CEO of GE Gas Power, Scott Strazik says gas is a big part of the solution to Africa’s energy challenges and the scale, access and dependability of gas is a great catalyst to support renewable sources if Africa is going to create industries and advance manufacturing. He joins CNBC Africa to discuss ways to harness Africa’s gas potential.
16 Mar 2020
12 out of Africa's 54 countries have reported cases of coronavirus, however the region has seen fewer cases than others outside of the continent. We spoke to Dr. Michel Yao, the head of the World Health Organization's Emergency Response in Africa, for more analysis. Egypt's tourism industry is feeling the impact of the spread of the virus with many fearing economic recovery could stall. Finally, South Africa's tourism association issued new guidelines to condemn the domestication of wild animals for tour
26 Mar 2020
As the spread of the COVID-19 speeds up in Africa, governments are implementing stricter measures to contain the epidemic. In sub-Saharan Africa, Rwanda has taken the lead by imposing a complete lockdown.
1 Apr 2020
The Africa Risk Capacity is a specialised Agency of the African Union and they are currently undertaking an urgent exercise to model the potential impact of the coronavirus on Africa to inform and guide member states. This modelling according to the ARC will look into the likely short-term and medium-term effects of the pandemic on the continent as well as how to mitigate these shocks. Mohamed Beavogui, Director General and United Nations Assistant Secretary General, African Risk Capacity joins CNBC Africa for more insight into this.
4 Apr 2020
Several African countries are due to benefit from a nearly $2 billion programme from the World Bank aimed at helping developing countries deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, thousands of people across Nigeria have been stranded away from home as states across the country shut their borders in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus; unease is also ramped up as police are accused of abusing their powers. And finally, poorer communities in Rwanda face yet more hardship to come as the
19 Apr 2020
As part of efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund has approved $500 million to cancel six months of debt payments for 25 countries, nineteen of them in Africa. Also, in DR Congo, the Gombe commune in the capital Kinshasa has been isolated from other neighbourhoods. It's suspected of being the epicentre of cases in the country, as our correspondent reports. And finally, a group of volunteers in Dakar are spreading the word about how people can slow down the spread of Covid-19. Our Observers team reports.