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Focus on conservation for 2010

17 September 2008

THE 2010 Fifa soccer World Cup will not only see South Africa benefit by hosting this mammoth event, but also from sharing the benefits aimed at regional development by making a concerted effort to promote and develop southern Africa's transfrontier conservation areas.

The region has packaged 53 investment opportunities in the various countries through its transfrontier conservation areas. They range from small and medium lodge-type developments to multi- million-rand developments.

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism will be hosting a three-day investment conference on behalf of the nine Southern African Development Community countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) at Johannesburg's Sandton Sun hotel from October 20 to 22.

According to the department, the key objective of this conference is to market a portfolio of uniquely packaged tourism investment opportunities in the seven existing transfrontier conservation areas to potential investors. The areas are /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld, Kgalagadi, Great Limpopo, Kavango Zambezi, Lubombo (Zululand), Maloti-Drakensberg and Limpopo/Shashe.

The conference will provide a platform for potential investors to meet and network with product owners, government authorities and decision makers. it is aimed at private and institutional investors, property developers, investment holding companies, hotel management groups, commercial and investment banks, conservation agencies and donor organisations.

To register for the conference, log on to the website www.boundlessinvest.com

The Mercury - Network - 17 September 2008Network Reporter