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  • Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About DRC You May Not Know

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, East Congo, or simply the Congo, is the southernmost country located in Central Africa. It is sometimes referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997. 1. The rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo contain great biodiversity, including many rare and endemic species, such as the common chimpanzee and the bonobo, the African forest elephant, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino. 2. The official name of the country is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 3. The official language is French. 4. It is bordered by the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Republic of the Congo to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. 5. With an area of 2,345,409 square kilometers (905,567 square miles), the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the eleventh-largest country in the world, and the second largest in Africa (after Algeria). 6. Mount Stanley is a mountain located in the Rwenzori range. With an elevation of 5,109 m (16,763 ft), it is the highest mountain of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and the third highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and Mount Kenya (5,199 m). 7. The terrain of the country consists of vast central plateau covered by tropical rainforest, surrounded by mountains in the west, plains and savanna in the south/southwest, and grasslands in the north. The high mountains of the Ruwenzori Range on the eastern borders. 8. The country has a tiny coast on the Atlantic Ocean (37 km / 23 mi), just enough to accommodate the mouth of the Congo River. Source: Just Fun Facts Read More
  • Louise Bijleveld, an entrepreneur in Cote d’Ivoire building a clean technology business converting waste to energy

    Africa’s need to find innovative and sustainable solutions to waste management and energy generation is growing, and for Louise Bijleveld, co-founder of LONO, that challenge provided the inspiration for a game-changing business. What does your company do? LONO is a clean technology start-up providing products and services for waste-to-energy. We have developed a product for households and SMEs called KubeKo. KubeKo is a solar powered bin that converts organic waste into fertilizer or biogas. For agro and food industries, we provide consulting services to advise on the most viable technology option to generate electricity from the waste available. Read More African Reports Read More
  • Abai Schulze, founder of a new generation artisan enterprise taking Ethiopia's luxury leather craft heritage to the world

    The world’s fashion conscious buyers are increasingly interested in knowing where the luxury goods they purchase are made, and by whom. For entrepreneur Abai Schulze, founder of growing brand ZAAF, her company’s strong backstory and ethos is resonating with these buyers, who are rapidly becoming fans and brand ambassadors with each purchase they make. Read More African Reports Read More
  • Mozambique’s women entrepreneurs share, inspire and connect at the latest Lioness Lean In event in Maputo

    On the morning of Thursday 20 September, women entrepreneurs from across Maputo gathered together at the Standard Bank Business Incubator for latest of the popular Lioness Lean In networking events in the country. And what an occasion it proved to be, with the biggest turnout yet! Read More African Reports Read More
  • Charlene Van Riet-Lowe, an entrepreneur bringing a new approach to dispute resolution in Botswana

    Resolving disputes between communities, individuals and businesses can be a difficult process, and one that requires specialist advice and skills. In Botswana, Mediation Mechanics, founded by entrepreneur Charlene Van Riet-Lowe, is one company bringing its wealth of experience and expertise to help its clients to find solutions to their disputes.  Read More African Reports What does your company do? Mediation Mechanics is a ‘first of its kind’ in Botswana, disrupting the market some say. It is an ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Practice, providing mediation, conciliation, and arbitration to the community, businesses and individuals. We are educating and creating awareness around the dispute resolution options, other than traditional methods. Litigation is widely used to resolve disputes and is the traditional method and what people know. At Mediation Mechanics, we inform our clients that there are other methods to resolve disputes in a way that build relationships and create opportunities to better understand the other party’s situation. This approach allows for a unique solution to be found, and the opportunity to build relationships based on understanding and empathy. Our success rate and results speak for themselves. We have created a ‘win-win’ for both parties to a dispute. From family and divorce mediation, to workplace, construction and community mediation, we have over 100 years of experience amongst our founding members. What inspired you to start your company? My story! I studied law a long time ago and decided that I didn't want to practice as I realized very early after graduation that the law I wanted to practice was a myth. There  were no winners in court, only emotionally, financially and physically affected people. And, there were a lot of Pyric victories. i.e. no winners at all! Years later I stumbled across mediation in my personal life and I had my ‘Ah-ha’ moment. I asked myself why more people were not using this amazing process to resolve their disputes? So I decided to find out more and got myself accredited and skilled and started Mediation Mechanics. It’s been the most amazing 12 months thus far. I love how I am able to make a difference to people each and every day in their personal life as well as at work, school, and in their communities. I am imparting skills that they are able to use in each and every facet of their lives. It’s been a WOW!. Source: Lionesses of Africa Read More
  • Nuya’s Essence: Tanzanian beauty queen finds her business groove with natural skincare products

    Hellen Dausen wanted to be a professional model and she was serious about it. After graduating with a BSc. in International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, she participated in the 2010 Miss Universe Tanzania beauty pageant and won. As the winner, she received a scholarship to study performing arts at the New York Film Academy and the opportunity to pursue a modelling and acting career. But things did not turn out as expected. Read More African Reports Read More
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