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This edition of the magazine presents us with an opportunity to deeply look into faith-based tourism and churches across the continent of Africa. Reports of pastors convincing worshipers to eat snakes, spraying insecticide into mouths of believers during fully packed sermons under the guise of God’s hand apparently, and even buildings that collapse due to poor structural engineering – there has been much strange activity, but no consequence. This makes us ask a single question; should churches not be regulated? (see page 76). Lorraine Masemola – a new addition to our editorial team, attended the Domba traditional dance of magical Venda in South Africa. This colourful python dance, held annually at a very sacred site, Lake Fundudzi, secures good rain for the following season (page 52). In another special feature, Martin Chemhere, in his piece, updates us on South Africa’s newly relaxed visa regulations. Will it significantly help boost tourism in that country? (page 62). To this extent, I will like to say that I am delighted to work with the talented team here at Nomad Africa as I assume the position as the new Managing Editor. It was a daunting idea to build something new in travel journalism - something brave, bold and exceptionally beautiful. Africa’s future is an open road and we’re picking up speed, so it is the perfect time to be joining.
Borne from a passionate desire to dispel the negative perceptions which the world has held of the African Continent, and to replace it with a positive focus, Nomad Africa magazine celebrates life on the African continent. Covering stories from all countries and all cultures, it strives to include unique tourist attractions, business development, technology and investment opportunities as well as looking at the continent's cultural heritage. Nomad Africa inspires and breeds a conscious, knowledgeable generation of visionaries among our own, and influences positive perceptions and appreciation for the true worth of Africa worldwide.