April 20, 2021

"Let's Bring The Old Glory Back"

A fresh start, a young cabinet: 36-year-old Hon. Mudrik Ramadhan Soraga is one of the promising talents of Zanzibar’s new government elected in October. Frank and open-minded, the Minister of Labour, Economy and Investment spoke to THE FUMBA TIMES about the planned mega-port, business incentives and called Zanzibar “one of the world’s hottest investment locations”. […]
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February 9, 2021

Own A Piece Of Paradise

The sea shimmers turquoise, temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees Celsius in December. There's a jungle out there, but your apartment is cool, modern and eco-friendly. You are sipping fresh madafu, coconut water, and open your laptop because it's home office time. The internet at the rooftop co-working space is top-notch and surely your colleague […]
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November 10, 2020

Wood Magic in Zanzibar

Wood has many talents. The feel-good effect of the natural material is without doubt. But recently the aspect of sustainability has come to the fore. Properly managed, wood is a fully renewable resource. “Wood seems to be the construction material of the future”, says Tobias Dietzold, one of the chief developers of Fumba Town, the […]
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April 20, 2021

The Sugar Man

Almost singlehandedly Rahim M. Bhaloo revived the ailing sugar industry in Zanzibar. He now produces 8,500 tons of the “white gold” per year - and could do much more. It’s 11 o’clock in the morning and all the machinery running smoothly when we enter the sugar cane mill in Mahonda. Huge processing buildings in white […]
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February 9, 2021

Tres Chic, Congo!

Men, old and young, wearing second-hand or even newly bought Gucci suits in slum dwellings. Grim looking teenagers in Scottich kilts. Award-winning London photographer Tariq Zaidi is the latest in a long line of artists to document a unique African sub-culture. The world famous dandy frenzy emerged in Congo (in both the Democratic Republic and […]
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November 10, 2020

Back to School Again

For us, the last school year had started full of promise. Our enrolment was up, and we were making big plans for a campus expansion. But already at the end of January our administration had to inform the community that we were following a strange health threat emerging from China and were taking measures to […]
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November 10, 2020

"Locals Should Benefit More"

How is Zanzibar’s economic outlook, we asked expert Graham Stewart Leslie. The Oman-based consultant is working with the government on a “Vision 2050”. “Go clean, green and cultural”, is his advice. Corona brought tourism to a grinding halt worldwide. Did you manage to go on holiday this year?  Yes, in February I was fortunate to […]
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