Forbes Africa

October - November 2021

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.

South Africa
ABN Publishing Pty Ltd (trading as Forbes Africa)
2,43 €(VAT inclusa)
20,08 €(VAT inclusa)
6 Numeri

in questo numero

3 min
a special issue championing optimism

WRITING IS SUCH A SOLITARY PROCESS. Yet, for weeks, as you ruminate and laboriously dig out an archive that is 10 years old and rich with content populated by the famous and the fabulous, you no longer are alone. You are in illustrious company; familiar faces of cover stars past and present beaming down on you like holograms in a Star Wars film, as they light up your path, showing you what was and what will be. From Dangote to Dewji (as our current cover) and Oprah to Oppenheimer, they have all been witness to FORBES AFRICA’s award-winning craft and deft handling of dreams, doers and doings over the years. These are stories not written in ink, but immortalized with the saline tears and sweat of a motley band of hands-on journalists…

8 min
an incredible decade of forbes africa

NELSON MANDELA, ALSO KNOWN as Madiba, proudly said “remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare the road ahead” and to honor his words, we celebrate this issue which marks an important milestone – FORBES AFRICA turning 10. To say the very , an journey. I our negotiations with Forbesin early 2009 that culminated in an agreement around May 2011. Most people who understand the media space, particularly in Africa, thought that we had lost our mind by launching a new print title just when the world was still tottering from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Although the publishing industry is unique, the word ‘insane’ was often used for most entrepreneurs who believed and bet their shirts on the African story almost two decades ago. An important quality consistent with…

2 min
a real crime series breaking reel records

TRUE CRIME AS AN ENTERTAINMENT genre is relatively new to the South African market. And is picking up. Director David Enright left viewers at the edge of their seats and begging for more when he released Showmax Original docuseries Devilsdorp in July. The four-part series investigates the 11 Krugersdorp killings in South Africa between 2012 and 2016, separately known as The Appointment Murders and the Satanic Murders, and how they were all traced back to Cecilia Steyn and the Electus per Deus (Chosen by God) cult. Enright says that his love for story-telling and a deep fascination with psychology is what led to the 18-month production of Devilsdorp. “Because I have an interest in psychology, it took me down a journey of public participation, reality television, and documentary story-telling genres. To basically tell…

1 min
will the office make a comeback?

This has been the question on everybody’s mind especially now that more people on the planet are vaccinated. WFH has become the new normal but it still remains contentious if a traditional nine-five workday and five-day workweek at the office will return. An August 2021 study by Tétris Design & Build showed that 79% of the workforce aspire to be back in the office at least once a week, this is up from 74% last October. The study which surveyed 3,300 office workers across 10 countries highlighted the declining appetite to work solely from home as homeworking fatigue sets in. Furthermore, 37% feel more productive at home, while 63% of workers do not want to be office-bound, showing preference for a hybrid style of working from both home and the…

1 min
african novelists shortlisted for the booker

South African writer Damon Galgut’s recent release, The Promise, has been shortlisted for The Booker Award, one of the world’s most distinguished and prestigious literary prizes. “The original idea came from a conversation with a friend, who’s the last surviving member of his family,” Galgut said, according to The Booker Prize. This is not the first time Galgut has been shortlisted for the prize; his previous novels The Good Doctor, and In a Strange Room, also landed him on the shortlist. Galgut is not the only person to represent Africa for the Booker Prize. With her third novel – The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed (below) became the first British-Somali novelist to be shortlisted for the Prize. Other novelists shortlisted for the award are Americans, Maggie Shipstead (Great Circle), Richard Powers (Bewilderment) and Patricia…

1 min
from threads to tables, fashion to furniture

South African designer Rich Mnisi is now also trying his creative hand at furniture, with his first solo show for his new collectible furniture line, Nyoka. Following a six-month collaboration with South Africa’s Southern Guild gallery, the show runs from September 23 - November 11. Mnisi, a FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list-maker in 2019, says that this furniture line draws on his family history and African mythology, and plays with the duality of fear and beauty epitomized by the image of a snake, which gives the show its Xitsonga title.…