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Our Impact

Emerging enterprise mentorship programme

Many emerging enterprises in our rural areas lack adequate support structures and capacity to grow their businesses. While there are a number of business training programmes, not many provide mentorship support afterwards. Open Africa identified this as a key need on many routes and decided to design a programme that…

Youth development internship programme

Typically in urban and rural settings within Southern Africa, the youth form the highest segment amongst unemployed and rural unemployment among youth is estimated to be as high as 48%. Our youth have the most to benefit from skills development and capacity building programmes and recognising the need, Open Africa…

Business is cooking in Port Nolloth

Emma Seas, a small business owner on the Richtersveld Route, began baking roosterkoek (traditional grilled bread) in 2005 to fund her daughter’s education at her food stand, Die Opellig Kombuis. It has been an uphill battle for her to learn how to run a business and now, 10 years later, she has become a household…

Latest News

South African Border Crossing Guide

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Every traveller knows how stressful it can be when crossing a border post in South Africa. Having your paperwork in order and being prepared are essential for a smooth transition. Here is everything you need to know for all of South Africa’s border crossings. South African Border Crossing Essentials: 1.…

Top 10 tips to staying healthy when you travel to Africa

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There are all kinds of motivations to travel in Africa and none of them pair well with feeling ill. If you’re a first-time traveller to Africa, you may need a bit of direction in terms of the additional precautions travellers should take, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.Here are a few quick…

New tourism offering exposes travellers to real, local experiences

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Open Africa in partnership with tour company Tour2.0 have launched nine new tours that will take travellers into the heart and soul of South Africa to experience exciting adventures that have never before been available to visitors. The first packaged experiences available to visitors are in Limpopo and the Northern Cape, with more…

Kalahari communities benefit through new tourism offerings

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Local communities and entrepreneurs will derive benefit from five new packaged travel itineraries that have been developed in the area surrounding the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape. The itineraries were developed collectively by tourism businesses and interns along the Kalahari Red Dune Route as part of an enterprise development project, which…
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