Ensure your safety stay in South Sudan Posted October 21, 2015
Asante is happy to announce that it is well prepared to accommodate any group of aid agencies or UN staff at this crisis situation. Asante is probably the only facility at this point with UNDSS security clearance, armed security, 24/7 own borehole fresh water supply (very important) and electricity. Located securely by the ministries road, just 5 minutes drive from Juba airport. (30 rooms with en-suites)
We urge you to exercise the utmost caution during these turbulent times.
QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT Posted October 20, 2015
Asante’s is unique again in successfully running it’s quick service restaurant which is the only of it’s kind in Juba to which you are most welcome to enjoy any international type of burgers, pizzas, and other african and asian foods especially prepared by Asante Chefs.
Place to treat your senses swiftly!
Hotel Asanté’s Aroma is an exclusive place to treat your quick culinary needs as it is a quick service restaurant. This fast-food centre in Juba is the only of its kind in the town to which you are most welcomed to enjoy any international type of burgers, pizzas, and other African and Asian foods. These ranges of mouth-watering items are specially prepared by Hotel Asanté’s brilliant Chefs who are well trained at various international kitchens.
FINE DINING RESTAURANT Posted October 20, 2015
Asante find dining restaurant is probably one of the best in town that offers any type of an international cuisine on ala carte menu. this restaurant is exclusive for in house guests and country club members only to ensure it’s class.
Place to treat your senses classily!
Hotel Asanté’s fine dining restaurant is probably one of the best in town that offers any type of an international cuisine on ala carte menu. This restaurant is exclusive for in house guests and country club members only, to ensure their privacy and to maintain its classiness.
RESTAURANT & BAR OVERLOOKING THE POOL Posted October 20, 2015
The dining experiences available at Asanté cover a full spectrum. Our three in-house eateries cater to even the most discerning guests’ palates. Each restaurant provides a completely different experience and menu. We pride ourselves in using the freshest of local produce and the best imported ingredients when creating our culinary masterpieces.
Place to treat your senses extravagantly!
The perfect atmosphere overlooking the pool has become one of the hotspots for our guests to enjoy their evenings and to unwind during the dusk. The wine cellars are just perfect to fix your mood and enthral your stay in Hotel Asanté.
South Sudan 2014 Aid Appeal Posted March 16, 2015
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs recently published the following infographic summarizing the funding that would be required for the humanitarian effort in South Sudan.
For a short-term response to the current crisis, an estimated $209 million in funding will be required, of which $43 million (21%) had been provided at the time of the report. More recent figures, however, show that $109 million has been reached in terms of short-term funding, bringing it up to nearly 50% of the goal. For a long-term solution to the conflict, though, an estimated figure of $1.1 billion is needed, and this figure can significantly increase if the current ceasefire does not result in a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Breaking down this short-term requirement, a majority of it ($61 million) is needed for the food security and livelihood of displaced citizens. Logistics will require approximately $24 million, although this figure can increase as the monsoon season begins and areas become flooded. This coming monsoon can also have an effect on the amount needed to provide shelter, which is currently estimated at $13 million. Around $18 million will be needed for camp management, as refugee camps are currently overpopulated and civilians are afraid to return to their homes.
Hotel Asante’s special arrangements Posted March 16, 2015
South Sudan is still facing a violent uprising that has thrown the country into chaos and threatens to halt the rapid strides in development it has taken over the past few years. After a conflict between factions of the South Sudanese Army forces on December 15th 2013, the situation quickly evolved into a much larger scale of fighting and civil unrest. So far, civilian casualties have been heavy and over quarter of a million people have been displaced and are seeking shelter.
This comes at a critical time in the young nation’s development, just as it was beginning to gain attention as an investment destination in the South African region. The start of December saw South Sudan host an International Investment Forum to promote business opportunities and avenues for investment in the country.
South Sudan was also beginning to stabilize its oil production levels after a period of shutdown, although this may once again be disrupted by the current situation. Rebels had gained control over some of the key oil-producing states in South Sudan, although the latest reports say that the army has won back control in most states.
This situation has left large numbers of foreign nationals who came to South Sudan on business stranded in the country. Some of these are delegates and government officials of other countries, while others are business professionals who are tied to the significant investments they have already made in the region.
During this period, Hotel Asante will be able to offer aid workers, business owners, delegates and other foreign nationals who are stranded in South Sudan with a safe and comfortable place to stay. Certified by the United Nations Security and Safety Standards, our premises will keep you reassured about your safety at all times, while being comfortable enough to ensure a smooth transition through this period of instability. We also offer our guests transport to and from the airport free of charge, and are located a short distance from the Juba International Airport.
Peace talks set to commence for South Sudan Posted March 16, 2015
The two warring factions in South Sudan were scheduled to make direct discussions on Saturday to bring about an end to the conflict that has the nation moving ever closer to an all-out civil war. On Friday, the army forces moved in on Bor, an oil-rich region of South Sudan that was under control by rebel forces, as negotiation teams from both sides met for discussions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Control over Bor, in particular, has already changed hands three times in the few weeks since fighting began.
Fears that the rebels would be moving to attack the capital of Juba were allayed as leader of the rebel movement and ex-Vice President, Riek Machar, made a statement to Britain’s Telegraph that his forces would withhold the attack on Juba in hope of achieving a “negotiated settlement.”
The peace talks appear to be making progress on opening a dialogue between the two factions. Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom posted on his Twitter feed, “We just finished the first round of proxy talks with both negotiating teams of South Sudan. Will proceed to direct talks tomorrow.”
These negotiations will be extremely crucial in securing a stable environment for the South Sudanese civilians who have been affected greatly by the outbreak of violence. With regional leaders mediating the discussions and the entire world carefully watching their progress, the peace talks have a decent chance of achieving a positive result for the young nation.
Wildlife of South Sudan Posted March 16, 2015
Although it is not a well known fact, South Sudan is home to an impressive selection of flora and fauna within its diverse landscapes. With several national parks and protected reserves, there are plenty of places in South Sudan where wild animals can thrive in their natural environment. For instance, the Boma-Jonglei ecosystem in South Sudan has been recognized as one of the largest wildlife habitats in East Africa, and the Sudd wetlands are protected under the Ramsar convention.
Some of the wildlife species in South Sudan include the white-eared Kob and the Nile Lechwe gazelle species, as well as oryx, elephants, buffalo, giraffes and lions. Species such as the white-eared Kob are part of a massive migrating population that travels through Africa. This is regarded as one of the largest migrations of large mammals on earth, with around 1.4 million antelope annually travelling through the region. Some of these, such as the Nile Lechwe, are endangered species. The Sudd wetlands, which is a large swamp formed by the Nile River, is host to large populations of migrating flocks of birds. Over 400 species of birds can be found in this area, including pelicans, cranes, while crocodiles and hippopotami can be seen basking in the shallow waters.
The long civil war which took its toll on the country caused several of the animal populations to leave the area due to hunting and military activity. However, the diminished populations that remain in the country still account for a significant presence, and these are reported to be growing in number. The shortage of food during war time resulted in increased poaching and hunting, but this has since been drastically reduced. With the return of stability in the region, South Sudan’s wildlife is slowly beginning to recover some of its former glory.
As South Sudan develops, close attention will need to be paid to the situation of the wildlife in the region. The Boma-Jonglei region, which is home to a considerable animal population, is at risk from oil exploration operations and deforestation due to urban expansion. In the process of developing the nation, new roads and building could encroach on natural habitats and endanger local animals. Poaching also still poses a threat to certain species, since small arms are commonplace in the countryside. However, if South Sudan can ensure the preservation of its wildlife, it would be able to market it to attract tourism towards the same success that has been seen by Kenya’s well known Serengeti National Park.
A trip to meet the native people of South Sudan Posted March 16, 2015
South Sudan is home to a huge number of native tribal ethnicities, and many of these tribes continue to adhere to their traditional ways and means of life. While parts of the larger tribes, such as the Dinka and the Nuer, have settled into modern communities, there are still several subdivisions of these tribes and other tribes that follow the practices passed down from their forefathers. From using a cattle-based economy to hunting for bushmeat, their societies remain largely unchanged from what was seen by colonial explorers over two centuries ago.
While larger tribal ethnicities have been identified among the several tribes that populate South Sudan, these are divided into several different tribal groups and do not follow a centralized political structure. For instance, the Dinka people, who make up the largest tribal ethnicity in South Sudan, comprise twenty three subdivisions spread out over several independent, but interlinked clans. Of these, some have adapted to modern lifestyles, and have produced notable members of the South Sudan society, including sportsmen, professors and politicians.
One of the many tribal practices that are still followed by a majority of tribes in South Sudan is the process of scarification. This involves making cuts and wounds on the skin that heal over time to leave prominent patterns of scars on the face or body. Scarification is usually practiced as a coming-of-age ritual to indicate an individual’s transition into adulthood.
Cattle are also regarded as important to many tribal societies who are primarily herders of livestock. While money is used by many communities to purchase items from shops, cattle are still seen as a measure of social status and are used as a form of dowry, or bride wealth exchange. After a long period of civil conflict, some tribal communities now regard guns as an equal or higher measure of social status. In some communities, the absence of formal education and jobs mean that earning money to purchase cattle is difficult. This leads to cattle-raids that see different tribes regularly fighting each other to steal livestock.
There are several tribes that are nomadic and move about between regions depending on the season. One example would be the Murle people, who migrate seasonally with their livestock due to unpredictable conditions of rainfall and availability of drinking water.
When visiting a traditional tribal community, you should always remember to pay respect to the tribal elders and community rules, and understand that these people are rightly proud of their tribal cultures. If you manage a visit to South Sudan and are interested in walking off the beaten path, taking some time to see this culture from a different era can be a life-changing experience.
The Toposa People of South Sudan Posted March 16, 2015
South Sudan is in possession of a rich cultural heritage due to the many tribes that inhabit its borders. Out of these many tribal communities, one of the largest are the Toposa people, whose population numbers over 700,000. The Toposa people reside within the Kapoeta region of the state of Eastern Equatoria of South Sudan. The herding of cattle, goats and sheep is the traditional livelihood of these people, and many of them continue to do so today, although their ways of life are slowly being modernized. The Toposa played a role in the second Sudanese civil war, lending assistance to both the SPLM and the Government of Sudan at different times, depending on whoever provided the most food and weapons.
The Toposa people come from part of a larger group called the Ateker cluster, which comprises several tribes in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. This cluster is said to have broken up and spread out from Uganda following a major drought. The land the Toposa currently inhabit, in Greater Kapoeta, is semi-arid, and vegetation is limited to shrubs and short grasses.
Due to such an environment, the Toposa obtain their food supply almost exclusively through herding of livestock such as cattle, goats, donkeys, sheep and camels. They also engage in agriculture to a limited extent, growing mainly sorghum in the river valleys. However, due to the unpredictable level of rainfall in the Toposa-inhabited areas, these crops are not always reliable.
The economy and social life of the Toposa people also revolves mainly around the herding of livestock, while they also pan the local rivers and streams for valuable minerals such as gold. Members of their society judge one another’s social status by the amount of livestock in possession, as well as the possession of loaded weapons. The Toposa have also engaged in cattle raids against neighboring tribes, sparking some conflict between tribes. The men of the Toposa can be frequently seen carrying guns, although they are generally friendly as long as respect is given to village elders.
One of the remarkable things about the Toposa people is their process of body scarification. Scarification is practiced by several tribes in Africa, where tribe members use patterns of scars to decorate their bodies. More dramatic styles can be seen occasionally, formed from large cuts that leave heavy scars when healed.
The Toposa people pass down their culture verbally through song, dance, poems, music and folklore. In the aspect of religion, the Toposa traditionally believe in a supreme being and ancestral spirits who can help them overcome problems such as drought and disease. Missionary efforts within South Sudan have also brought some measure of Christianity and Catholicism to the people.
The Toposa are only one of the several unique and intriguing tribes that dwell in South Sudan. Any traveler who visits the country will need to see the Toposa people, among other tribes, to get an understanding of their culture and see how this tribe maintains its ancient ways in the modern age.