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About our involvement in promoting tourism and investment in the region through RETOSA – The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa.

Introduction

“As custodian of tourism growth and development in the Southern African region, RETOSA believes that the 2010 FIFA World Cup serves as an opportunity to reinforce the fact this region is indeed ‘the Essence of Africa’, and is hosting ‘the Festival of Africa’ at Melrose Arch to further demonstrate this. So, ‘go travel Southern Africa’; experience and enjoy the beauty, mystery, heritage and adventure of ‘the Essence of Africa’.” (Source from the brochure: The Festival of Africa, At Melrose Arch, 11th June – 11th July 2010.)

It’s really party time 24/7 at Melrose Arch, with all games live on giant screen at the Piazza and Square and in superb style at the Melrose Emporium. Participating RETOSA member countries are represented at The Festival of Africa at individual stalls that are showcasing the tourism attractions, culture and investment opportunities of each country.

Amongst the many other FIFA places for public viewing of the beautiful game is the International fair at the Centurion Fan Fest set up at the Cricket field which also hosts various diplomatic representations in one roof to exhibit their respective country products.

Africa Business Concept cc (ABC) is proud to be part of both prestigious places as a service provider through the provision of various consulting services such as representation and exhibitor, advisor, translator and sponsor, especially on behalf of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). ABC is hosting a celebration of African food, art, crafts, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, folk dancing and music. Investment opportunities workshops are also held. Visit us from 11 June to 11 July for a warm welcome, creative spirit and vibrant colours. But if you miss it, don’t worry; just write to us at info@afribizconcept.com

Africa Business Concept would like to express its sincere thanks to the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in South Africa for the involvement in the FiFa Fan Fest – International Faire at the Centurion Cricket Field being held from 11 June to 11 July 2010. Similar acknowledgments are directed to the National Tourism Office of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the company participation on the multiple initiatives hosted by RETOSA. Given the role that DRC plays in our company activities, we provide here below the reader with an overview of this country’s iconic attractions.

Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the largest countries in Africa, the DRC boasts the second largest rain forest in the world and is home to Africa’s most powerful river, the Congo River, and five World Heritage Sites. It is also known for its rare animal species, including the chimpanzee, the bonobo, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino.

  • Capital City: Kinshasa
    National Day: 30 June 1960
    Languages: French and various local languages
    Neighbouring countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania (lake Tanganyika)
    Time zone: GMT +1 to +2
    Size: 2,345,095 km2
    Population: 68,692,542 (July 2009)
    Natural Resources: Gold, diamonds, base metals, coal, oil and gas, wildlife, water, uranium, coffee, sugar, rubber, cotton, fish, wood, banana, cocoa, tobacco, rubber, electric energy, copper
    Economy: The biggest producer of cobalt ore in the world, and major producer of copper and industrial diamonds
    Currency: Congo Franc (CDF)
    Climate: Tropical, hot and humid. Day temperatures reach around 300C.
    Places to see (see brief description below): Kinshasa, Congo River by boat, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu, Kahuzi-Biega National Park
    Tourism investment opportunities: World Heritage Sites
    For more information email us at: info@afribizconcept.com

DRC Iconic attractions

Congo River

The Congo river and its tributaries flow throughout the entire Congo, one of the largest rainforest areas in the world. The river has the second largest flow and is the deepest in the world, at depths of more than 230 m. Both the river and the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo were named after the ancient Kingdom of Congo that lay at the mouth of the river.

The Congo River offers enormous hydroelectricity opportunities and just at the Inga dam (see picture), more than 40,000 megawatts can be generated, enough to power Africa’s industrialization with the possibility of selling the surplus to southern Europe.

The Congo River is the country's lifeline, and nearly the entire river is readily navigable in sections, especially between Kinshasa and Kisangani. The river contains no fewer than 30 waterfalls and thousands of islands, at least 50 of which are more than 20 km long.

Flowing for the most part near the equator, the tropical rainforest bordering on the river is home to hundreds of wildlife species, including hippos, water snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, elephants, and 200 fish species. Other areas of the surrounding land are rich in long grass called 'barnyard grass', which attracts animals such as buffalos, antelopes, zebras, gazelles and giraffes. The region is biologically diverse, forming a huge watershed. The forest is threatened by illegal logging and the poaching of large mammals (especially for the bushmeat trade), but two summits that brought together the nations of the Congo basin have committed its participants to forest conservation and have led to the establishment of wildlife preserves.

People living along the river and in the river basin make a livelihood from fishing, and use the water to irrigate their peanut, cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane crops. A cruise along the Congo River is an experience like no other. If you respect nature and the local culture and would truly like to get to know the country and its people, the DR Congo awaits you!

Other major attractions include

Kinshasa: Sprawled along the Congo River, Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a population of 10 076 099 inhabitants. It ties with Johannesburg for the status of the third largest city on the continent, and is often considered the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris. Interesting sites to visit in and around Kinshasa are the Zongo Falls, Lake Ma Vallee and the Musee National de Kinshasa.

Kivu Provinces: Bukavu and Goma are the main towns of this Great Lakes Region. With an average altitude of 1 500 metres, the climate is pleasant and temperate. The area boasts the highest lake in Africa, Lake Kivu, which lies 1 460 metres above sea level, part of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. In the impressive Virunga mountain range there are eight volcanoes, of which two – Nyiracongo and Nyamulagira – are still active. Rising to 5 119m, Mount Ruwenzori, with its peak covered in snow, is an awesome sight. The national parks of Virunga and Kahuzi Biega are home to several vegetable and animal species: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and hippos, mountain gorilla families, chimpanzees, an abundant fauna and flora as well as a rich variety of birds among the bamboo forests. Visitors can go boating, rafting, safari touring, hiking or trekking through the dense rain forest. Kahuzi-Biega is also one of the last refuges of the rare Eastern Lowland Gorilla, and was the site where Dian Fossey first studied this gentle giant. Spending a little time with one of nature's endangered species and also one of mankind's closest relatives can be the experience of a lifetime! 1980 saw the naming of the park as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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  • Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Congo River

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  • Kinshasa

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