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Forbes Africa August 2019

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Forbes Africa is the drama critic to business in Africa. The magazine helps readers connect the dots, form patterns and see beyond the obvious, giving them a completely different perspective. In doing this, it delivers sharp, in-depth and engaging stories by looking at global and domestic issues from an African prism.

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3 min.
heading for the stars

“ I WANT TO DIE ON Mars,” said the genial 67-year-old owner of the house I used to rent in Hyde Park, one of Johannesburg’s plush, leafy suburbs. We were at home one summer’s day in 2014, meeting for the first time, and she uttered these words, very matter-of-factly, over tea and tramezzini sandwiches by my kitchen counter. A widow, who had lost her husband in an armed robbery attack some years before, she had signed up for the Mars One program “to be on a habitable settlement on a planet other than Earth”. She was a retired IT developer, part-time opera singer, and full-time globe-trotter. The world was not enough for her. She had been basking on a sunny beach in Thailand when she received news of her clearing the first round of…

4 min.
investing in an important aspect of the future

IF WE BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION, then, we must agree that life comes full circle. Everyone has read the fairy tale – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the famous words of the queen: “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Whether it was the fairy tale or extrapolated to real life, the answer has been a rhetoric that defines self-adulation; nothing wrong with that as countries and people always believe they are the best. I was on a road trip in the United Kingdom (UK) in May to meet with leading universities. It has been my mission to bring quality educational institutions and programs to emerging markets, particularly to sub-Saharan Africa. On this quest, I have traveled from London through to all the major universities…

6 min.
brief 360

SA-CHINA TIES STRENGTHEN AMID TRADE WAR A Chinese economic and trade delegation consisting of 60 entrepreneurs from more than 40 major companies signed 93 cooperation agreements with their South African counterparts at the end of June. Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said the agreements between Chinese buyers and South African suppliers would create jobs for young people in South Africa, expand the industrial space and help ensure that the country has inclusive economic growth. In another related story, China’s assistant minister of commerce, Ren Hongbin, said an additional $30 million investment into Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation’s new automotive assembly plant being developed in the Coega special economic zone was also announced. China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, and South Africa is China’s biggest trading partner in Africa, with a joint trade balance…

23 min.
feisty, fearless & future - proof

“FOR ME, BEING BLACK REALLY GAVE ME PURPOSE. I CAN IMAGINE THAT IF I WAS LIVING IN A WORLD THAT WAS READYMADE FOR ME, LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY BORING.”– NONKULULEKO GOBODO ON A SUNNY WINTER’S afternoon in a quiet suburb of Randburg in greater Johannesburg, a second white Mercedes-Benz pulls up in the driveway of a photographic studio, and finds a shady spot to park. Already seated next to a pool glinting blue in the sunlight, an elegant woman dressed in black and white sips green tea and talks about her early life growing up in the former Bantustan of Transkei in South Africa. Absorbed in recounting her story, she looks up as a tall, slender woman, also in a chic black and white ensemble, walks towards her. The two women…

1 min.
‘the world is not kind to strong women leaders’

What were the greatest challenges she faced during her career? “Making a success of your life in the South Africa of the past. As a black person, you always started from a place of being dismissed, as a woman, you always started from a place of being dismissed. So you had to be true to yourself and find yourself for you to be able to succeed. And that was hard. I don’t want to make it as if it was easy. “The second thing was being a strong woman leader. The world is not kind to strong women leaders. And for me, being a strong woman leader was the hardest thing because both men and women don’t accept a strong woman leader. So you have this big vision, you are driven, you…

1 min.
the days of the struggle and the mentors that made her

“My biggest mentor has been former [South African] First Lady Zanele Mbeki. In exile, she mentored us young women. I was 21 when I went to that camp of the ANC and I was the eldest. There were other young women of 13 or 14 that I had to look after in a camp of over 1,000 men, there were 21 of us. So there were these older women, who were not in the camp with us, but who when we needed anything, we asked them. They included Mrs Mbeki. The generation older than us were our big sisters, so we told them everything,” remembers Ndlovu. Others were the late Adelaide Tambo, wife of Oliver Tambo, and struggle icon Ruth Mompati, as well as Barbara Masekela, who was President Nelson…