IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE TANZANIA

74H0179If you are looking for a great African adventure, look no farther than Tanzania. The country pours with wildlife, it hosts fine safaris, and, of course, it owns an ornament in Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Kilimanjaro National Park tops the list of Tanzania’s astounding sites; there are also the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, the latter of which firms the Tanzania Great Rift Valley; the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, acknowledged a World Heritage Site in 1978, and the Serengeti National Park, which brags the greatest concentration of wildlife, as more than 3 million large animals migrate to the area each year.

Tanzania also features a stunning shoreline. This country is a must whether you are of the adventurous type or just want to indulge in leisurely activities.

Tanzania is a land of contrasts and magnificence, Africa at its most wild and undiscovered. There is the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sunkissed beaches of Zanzibar, the vast herds of game grazing on the Serengeti plains and the slow volcanic eruption of Ol Donyo Lengai. With so much natural affluence, it’s no surprise that Tanzania has something fascinating for everyone.

BEST DESTINATIONS TO VISIT
1. The Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park extends the complete classic African safari setting. The migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra starts here. The vast expanse of grasslands make the Serengeti bizarre for spotting lion kills because you can see the whole Tanzania Looking for a Great African Adventure? It’s Time to Explore sight clearly. The best time to go is between December and June, but you can’t actually go wrong anytime of year. A hot-air balloon ride at dawn is a truly splendid experience.

2. Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa is recognized as one of the best destinations for adventure travel, and what can be more adventurous than climbing up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain? Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and will take you 6 days to conquer. The exhilarating thing about this mountain is that anyone who is fit and firm can make it up. No special climbing equipment or know-how is required.

3. 3. Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of Tanzania’s topmost destinations because of its enthralling past and its implausible beaches. Zanzibar’s location in the Indian Ocean has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Well-known for its spices, Zanzibar also became a significant slave trading post under its Arab rulers. Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital, is a World Heritage site and brags beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan’s palace, and many mosques.


4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is where you’ll see some of the densest population of wildlife in the world and it’s a truly incredible place for photographers. The Maasai still live within the conservation area, and it’s also home to Oldupai where some of man’s earliest remains have been found. There are numerous lodges and campsites in the Conservation area.

Vodafone welcomes the lifting of NCA ban

imagesAfter the outage that led to the ban, Vodafone instituted various remedial measures to enhance the resilience of its network. The company went through a thorough root cause analysis, which established a power surge as the cause. This in turn caused some boards in the routers to malfunction. These boards have since been replaced.

The company conducted a detailed Technology and Power audit to provide assurance of the reliability of its network. The outcome of the audit was shared with the NCA. Several network performance tests were also undertaken, which showed that the network experience and traffic quickly returned to normal on the very day of the outage once the network had been restored.

Vodafone compensated all of its fixed and mobile customers for the inconvenience caused by the outage at level agreed with the NCA. Full details of customer compensation were published in the media. Whilst welcoming the lifting of the ban, Vodafone Ghana is grateful to its customers for their understanding and loyalty over the years. The company remains committed to providing its customers with the best products and services, and a great network experience. In recent times, Vodafone has invested over US$ 700 million in its network in a commitment to improve network experience, and meet the communication needs of customers. Vodafone will continue this investment in the future to ensure that its customers enjoy the best services.

Barclays named ‘Best Bank in Ghana’ at 2014 Euromoney Awards

Barclays has been named ‘Best Bank in Ghana’ by the prestigious global news publication Euromoney. The bank was named ‘Best Investment Bank in Africa’ and ‘Best M&A House in Africa’.

The Euromoney Awards for Excellence are given each year to honour those institutions that have brought the highest levels of service, innovation and expertise to their customers and industries. The awards are widely considered the most prestigious recognition in the financial services industry.

The awards ceremony, held at London’s Natural History Museum on Thursday, 10 July, follows recent recognition as ‘Best Bank in Cash Management’ by Euromoney in 2010 and ‘Best Bank in Ghana’ by The Banker in 2012.

Barclays Ghana Managing Director Patience Akyianu, who was in attendance to receive the award, said the recognition was testimony of the strides the bank was making towards the goal of becoming the bank of choice by delivering better value banking to the Ghana market.

“This Euromoney Award for Excellence recognises our enhanced value proposition to our customers through the introduction of innovative products and services that provide easy banking solutions,” said Ms Akyianu.

Barclays Ghana has operated in Ghana for over 97 years and has an extensive retail and corporate banking network across the country; comprising 60 branches, three Agencies, 10 Premier Life Centres and two Premier Suites. Barclays also has over 150 ATMs spread across the country.

The awards for ‘Best Investment Bank in Africa’ and ‘Best M&A House in Africa’ added to a series of recent accolades confirming Barclays Africa as the leading advisor on debt access and business acquisition on the continent.

‘Less than one year after establishing Barclays Africa, these awards symbolise an important milestone in our journey to achieve our ambitions in in Africa,’ said Maria Ramos, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Africa Group. ‘This recognition is a testament to the powerful combination of deep local presence and global expertise that only Barclays can provide on the African continent.’

Barclays Africa has been involved in some of the most high-profile transactions on the African continent in the last 12 months. These include acting as Joint Bookrunner on Steinhoff International’s Є465m convertible bond, Sole Bookrunner on Metair’s ZAR1.5bn ($140m) capital increase and Sole Bookrunner on the ZAR321m ($30m) accelerated placing of Gold Fields’ residual stake in Northam Platinum. Barclays’ ECM team also acted as Joint Advisor and Sole Sponsor on Glencore’s inward listing on the JSE – the largest listing on the JSE in over ten years.

‘We are honoured to be recognised as the best investment bank and best M&A investment house in Africa. This recognition confirms our leadership position as Africa’s premier M&A, equity, debt, ratings, project finance, risk solutions and foreign exchange advisor,’ said Stephen van Coller, Chief Executive Officer of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB). ‘You can expect to see continued innovation and investment in this business over the coming years as we extend our product offering into new markets across Africa.’

He believes that Barclays Africa’s unique product capability across financing, risk management advisory, combined with its global integrated investment banking platform, delivers world-class investment banking services to its customers across Africa and played a role in winning the award; ‘We are proud that Barclays is one of only a few banks that can provide debt financing locally and internationally, delivering multiproduct, bespoke financing and advisory solutions to its clients.’

Airtel Touching Lives Season 3 Ready To Roll

Airtel Touching Lives, season three, will share the stories of individuals and groups whose outstanding humanitarian acts make lives a lot easier for the underprivileged.

The 13 week-long series aims to change the lives of people living in trying circumstances by giving them an opportunity to get their lifelong dreams fulfilled – inspiring hope and enhancing people’s quality of life.

Airtel Ghana, the reigning CSR Company of the year – Ghana Telecom Awards, has revealed that unlike the previous seasons, #TouchingLives3 will see 24 outstanding personalities and groups being rewarded. By rewarding and supporting them in their philanthropic ventures, Airtel hopes to touch the thousands of lives the recipients touch.

Airtel Ghana believes in empowering people and creating positive impact in communities. By recognizing and rewarding people who have worked selflessly to make an impact in their communities, the company hopes to fulfill its mandate by helping them continue with their efforts to create a better world for themselves and others.

The Award for The Best Exhibition Stand goes to Subah Infosolutions Ghana

Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited has won an award at the recent AITEC Africa conference for Mobile Money and Banking which was held on Accra, Ghana on July 9-10, 2014. The award “The Best Exhibition Stand” award was in recognition of Subah’s positive impression it made on the participants as well as the organizers.

According to the organizers even though Subah had a late invitation to the conference, the company nonetheless represented at the conference with professionalism. They noted among other things Subah’s well organized exhibition stand, its exceptional customer service which always attracted participants as well as the exhibition of its technology services.

This year’s AITEC conference and Exhibition for Africa saw some new entrants including Subah Infosolutions.

Subah Infosolutions is a leading IT and Telecommunications solution provider in Ghana. Their business strategy seeks to explore a combination of worldclass collaboration with leading technology companies for joint execution of projects and knowledge transfer through direct recruitment of skilled professionals.

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