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Inside Home Affairs: Rather Apply Abroad
Cover Story: Fred Swaniker, Young African Leadership Founder on the Forbes List
Abbey Adenigba, The Nigerian Prince of SA Properties
Willy Yav, From M.E.D.I.A to P.Y.G.M.A
24 Thierry Kankwala: Chair of SA-DRC Chamber of Commerce 26
Expat-travel: Discovering the Drakensberg, The Champagne Castle Hotel
Simon Chikumbu - AON Benfield Africa CEO
Martha George, Founder of Malawi and Friends Association
Know Your Envoy: Ambassador S.S. Yusuf, New Nigerian High Commissioner
Dr. Chomba Chuma, MD of Vitabiotics and Chair of KEDASA
Senkubuge: The Expat Offspringâ€™s Journey to the Altar
Musa Kalenga, Africaâ€™s youngest Chartered Marketer
Person of the Year: Africa
Expat-tainers: David Kibuuka, Ugandan born funny man
Kasirye : Our miserable expatriate women
Peprah: Lamenting the Lama
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
TO STAND, TO CRAWL, TO TEETH... TO BE BORN. sleepless nights and nightless sleeps. The expression teething problems couldn’t be more apt. It is a thankless task particularly for the small team that has spent little or no time in the media. The first time couple who have to rely on the feedback of those who care or those in the know who care to share. The triumph that follows independent sitting is the adorable movement of the crawl. The product is in motion. The writing refuses to be confined, growing stronger and stronger by the day, gaining balance and achieving poise.
here was no need for the photographer to say “cheese” or any other smile-inducing noun when he took this photograph of me. This is genuine joy, the kind a striker experiences after scoring a precious goal to end a goal drought. The conception of a product like a magazine is very similar to the idea of bringing a life into this world - there are just as many reasons to do it as they are not to - and then actualisation is preceded by anxiety. Stares into the pram that elicit all kind of positive noises and congratulatory responses. Occasionally they guess the wrong gender or walk away commenting about how unusually big the head is.
We are happy to bring you our first anniversary edition. We bring on board a German-born lawyer who knows Home Affairs like nobody should. As you discover the Drakensberg, read about our achiever expatriates – Ghana’s Fred Swaniker, Kenya’s Chomba Chuma, Zambia’s Musa Kalenga, Uganda’s David Kibuuka, Zimbabwe’s Simon Chikumbu and Nigeria’s Abbey Adenigba. Get to know the new Nigerian High Commissioner while Malawi’s Martha George and DRC’s Kankwala tell us of their respective organisations. We thank everyone who has had any sort of engagement with this publication in its maiden year. At one, we are one, the expatriate family – together we stand. Soon to walk, soon to run, soon to fly! KC Rottok, CA (SA) Creative & Fin. Journalism (Wits University)
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Inside Home Affairs
Rather Apply Abroad... “Home affairs now looks clean and friendly but service delivery for foreigners applying for temporary or permanent residence has not significantly improved...” et us start with the good news. The Department of Home Affairs recently received its first unqualified audit in 20 years, meaning their financial affairs are in order. In addition many citizens would confirm that the issuing of identity (ID) books, birth and marriage certificates has improved. A lot of offices have undergone a renovation and look clean and friendly. Home Affairs’ efforts to turn the department around are bearing some fruits. Unfortunately some of these efforts have no impact on the expatriate. The bad news is that service delivery for foreigners applying for temporary or permanent residence has not significantly improved. The introduction of a central hub in charge of processing all applications was meant to speed up processing times and ensure the proper implementation of the current immigration regulations. In June 2010, a computer based “track & trace” system was introduced in addition to a national call centre in a bid to assist in monitoring the status of each application. The system also enables the applicant to find out where in the processing chain the application is in the event that it is not completed in time. And yet processing times have increased to up to 100 days compared to the 35 days on average when applications were still processed at the regional and district offices where the application was also submitted. The call centre is reachable but does not produce any results if you log a query. The central
hub in Pretoria was supposed to move to local offices in September but by the middle of October this had not happened causing a near standstill in processing of any permits. In addition, issued permits are wrongly endorsed, applications are incorrectly denied and appeals are not attended to at all. The most frustrating part for a lot of applicants is that there is no one who can give an answer to queries because all applications are processed in the central hub that has no contact to the public at all. Thus the practical implementation of the well-intended changes is in my view disastrous. Additionally, there is a change of law on the cards with new the Immigration Regulations set to be published. There are two changes in the Act that will have major practical implications for all expatriates. Firstly, all applicants must submit their applications in person. In the past attorneys or immigration practitioners were allowed to act on behalf of the applicant but this will no longer be allowed although we expect most to accompany the applicant in future. Secondly, one cannot change from a visitors permit to any other kind of temporary residence anymore. If say a visitor finds a job here, he/she will have to return to his/hers country of origin in order to submit the application for a work permit. With all the justified criticism here, there is a workable solution for all expatriates and we recommend this to our clients successfully. All foreigners who wish to work or live in South Africa should apply
for a temporary visa at the South African consulate or embassy in their country of origin before they travel to South Africa. The processing times are about a week or two, employees can be reached and queries can be resolved before an application is rejected. Andreas Krensel is the owner and managing director of IBN Consulting in Cape Town. He is a qualified German attorney with LLM from UCT and has been assisting foreign investors in South Africa for the past ten years. www. ibncapetown.com
ZASA HOSTS BBA’S KIMBERLY AND MUMBA, GREER’S PUB 27 AUGUST 2011 KIMBERLY MUSONDA “After 84 days in the Big Brother House, everyone knows my name with hundreds of Facebook friend requests per day. My salon in Livingstone now has booming business and contrary to internet rumours I am neither pregnant nor engaged. Lomwe and I are not together as that was just part of the Big Brother game. He is now one of the 25 friends I made around Africa. Going forward, I want to go back to school to be a dermatologist...”
MUMBA MWAKWA “Before BBA I was very private working as Krystal the DJ at Radio Phoenix in Lusaka. Now everybody who knows who Krystal is. Some people may have thought I was boring or fake in the house but that was just me being me. I was looking beyond the three month experience. After the game, I am more patient and more confident though I have to watch what I am doing now as people know who I am.....”
GENERAL OZZY “Since 2005 I have had four albums: The General, Generalised, Trilogy and Kobili. So far Trilogy was the biggest including hits like “Potential” which was my original song before I did a remix with Radio and Weasal from Uganda. I am working on doing work with artists across Africa to make my music international like Kidum in Kenya, Zeus from Botswana and Buffalo Soldier from Zim. Beyond that I am running a production company with my brother....”
From left: Mumba, Ozzy and Kimberly
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3 – Ronnie Nsubuga performing at the event. 6 – Key note Address from Dr. Kasirye.
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1 – Kenyan Ambassador Tom Amolo (Right) with his wife Nosi (middle) and Ghanaian Deputy High Commissioner Parker Allotey (Left). 2 – Editor KC Rottok speaking to press after the event. 3 – Karabo Moleke speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Old Mutual/Fedhealth/Mutual & Federal. 4 – Key-note address from Moky Makura. 5 – Fortune Gowera, sales director of Park Inn Hotel handing raffle winner Liz Gakuo of the Enzi Chair her prize. 6 – Raj Shah, director at Absa Capital congratulates Grace Olukune for winning the grand prize, an SAA sponsored trip to Cape Town. More pics available at www.facebook.com/expatmag WWW.EXPATRIATE.CO.ZA
GHANAFEST 2011 PRETORIA, MISS ZAMBIA SA @ SANKAYI,
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2 – Planet Radio’s Turas – MC of the event. 4 – Winner of Miss Ghanafest – Debbie Collins (middle) flanked by the runners-up Tina-Marie Collins (left) and Melissa Adwoa Asante (right). 5 – Kojo Baffoe of Destiny Man recites a poem dedicated to Ghana. 6 – Some of the Miss Zambia Contestants, dressed by Ethnique Designs.
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1 – The MC – Bongani Nx. 2 – Upendo Women chair Nanzala Mwaura. 3 – 450 in attendance. 4 – Key note address from Kenya’s Gender Minister Naomi Shaban. 5 – Nameless entertains the crowd.
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BRAND AFRICA FORUM SANDTON 2011 1 – Prof. Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. 2 – Dr. Joseph Annan Deputy Trade Minister of Ghana (left) and Brand Africa Founder Thebe Ikalafeng (right). 3 – Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Author of “Dead Aid” & “How the West Was Lost”.
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Founder on the Forbes List
eet Fred Swaniker, one of the founders of the Johannesburg based African Leadership Academy (ALA). His is a truly inspiring story of an African who is committed to transforming the continent by positively influencing its future leadership. “When you spend so much time in Africa, you cannot help but be passionate about the continent,” Swaniker says. He was born in Ghana and left the country when he was four. He grew up in a number of African countries namely the Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. With each part of Africa he lived in, a strong desire to influence its destiny grew which eventually led to the establishment of the ALA in September 2008. Founding academic institutions seems to run in his family, starting with his grandmother who set up a secondary school in Ghana and his mother who formed Mount Pleasant English Medium School in Botswana. Swaniker was put in charge of Mount Pleasant at the age of 18. “After my time as headmaster at the school, I pursued university studies in the United States of America where I obtained a BA in economics from Macalester College. I then went on to pursue an MBA at Stanford Business School and it was there that I met one of ALA co-founders - Chris Bradford - who shares the same passion I have for the African continent,” Swaniker recalls.
After university, Swaniker was involved in founding Global Leadership Adventures, a leadership development program for youth with sites in ten countries. He gained additional entrepreneurial experience by founding Synexa Life Sciences in Cape Town, a biotechnology company that today employs about 30 South African scientists. His work experience also includes acting as a consultant for McKinsey and Company where he provided strategic advice to the management teams of large companies in Africa. It was during his tenure at McKinsey in Nigeria in 2003 that the ALA idea was formed. “Everything I saw around me made me realise the urgent need for more effective and ethical leaders. Together with Chris and the other founders of ALA, Acha Leke and Peter Mombaur, we asked ourselves the question: what corrective steps could we take to create good leaders in Africa that would bring about fundamental change beyond our lifetimes?” The four embarked on a process of studying leadership around the world to determine if there was a clear pattern that was common to good leaders. They identified certain ‘ingredients’ that if developed in a systematic way would enable them to bring about good leaders. This is what inspired the establishment of ALA, a donor funded institution that has evaluated almost 10,000 candidates of which 400 have been accepted for its two year
program. The academy has contacts across the continent who identify teenagers who possess leadership potential for consideration. “We want to work with them from a young age as history shows that a good number of leaders began the journey to achievement during their formative years. Nelson Mandela for example was in his 20’s when he joined the ANC youth league and technology innovators Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were only teenagers when they conceived Microsoft and Facebook respectively,” he notes. William Kamkwamba may very well be the next Mark Zuckerberg. He was kicked out of school when he was 14 for lack of school fees but the young leader was determined to make something of his life. He noticed how windy it was in his village in Malawi and read about windmills. Using a tractor fan and bicycle parts, he set up one that was able to produce enough electricity to power a small radio. “When we met him, he could barely speak English,” Swaniker said during an address at his alma mater Stanford recently. “We were concerned that he would not be able to cope but eventually decided to give him a chance and bring him to the academy. William not only graduated from the school, he was accepted to Dartmouth and is just about to complete his first year there. In 2009, he published a book entitled ‘The boy who harnessed the wind’ which made it to number 7 on the Amazon. com best seller list. His vision is to
establish a windmill company in Malawi and he has identified an area which has the potential to triple the energy output of the country.” William is a good example of the opportunities that the ALA provides. The institution has a practical approach by requiring students to complete one of three projects: an entrepreneurial project, a project in service to the community or a project along the lines of what the student intends to pursue as a career when they eventually graduate. Swaniker says that ALA intends to produce 6,000 leaders over the next 50 years. He views the initiative as not just an academy but a network seeing as the school follows the progress of its students throughout their path to leadership by getting them admitted to world class universities and assisting them in getting jobs on the continent thereafter. Margaret Mead said “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world.” Fred Swaniker and the ALA team are doing exactly that, one young leader at a time. - KC Rottok
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ABBEY ADENIGBA THE NIGERIAN PRINCE OF SA PROPERTIES hen you walk into the office of Prince Abiodun “ A b b e y ” Adenigba in Morningside, you are met by the various trophies and qualifications that are the product of 16 years’ service to the South African property market. “It is all about service,” he affirms, “The money is only s e c o n d a r y. I was recently walking in a mall in Sandton when a man
stopped me and thanked me so much for having sold him a very g o o d house a few
years ago. That is what gives me satisfaction in this business because my focus is largely in the residential end of the industry where people are making the often emotive decision of purchasing or selling a dwelling.” Abbey arrived in South Africa soon after the 1994 elections and enrolled at the then Midrand University to pursue property studies. The following year he joined Seeff Properties after a brief three month stint with Wendy Machanik Properties. Life in the property industry was not easy for him as he was from an average family and
did not have a car. “I credit my superior Mike Slater for taking me in without a vehicle and allowing me to be an assistant estate agent. Times were tough when I got here; I was actually a bouncer at a casino in Hillbrow as a student. Without training to handle a weapon, I was given a gun and assigned to the front door!” After a few months at Seeff, he was able to purchase a 20 year old vehicle and was then made a full estate agent. He recalls that for five years he was the only black estate agent in a company that had hundreds of agents and occasionally he would find that his advertising boards had been kicked to the curb in some neighbourhoods.
“Sometimes some people would call the company requesting an estate agent. I would be assigned to meet the prospective client who would be taken aback when a salesman from Nigeria shows up. I actually remember one incident where I was sent on such an assignment to meet a client in a white neighbourhood. I arrived early and while waiting in my car I dosed off only to be woken up by policemen who had surrounded the vehicle with cocked guns. Apparently, there had been a robbery in the area the previous night and only when my client vouched for my status as a Seeff salesman did they let me go.” Despite these challenges, he managed to exceed everyone’s expectations and win several sales awards at the company.
“I attribute my success at the company to three things,” he explains, “Firstly, the strength of the Seeff brand; people were happy to do business with me as I was a Seeff agent. I was also assigned to areas that were undergoing transition under the new dispensation when members of the black middle class were buying homes in the suburbs. Finally and most importantly, I had integrity. I believe people can smell if you are a type of person that they can do business with. I actually recall a middle aged woman asking me who she should make out a six hundred thousand rand cheque out to and entrusting it to me thereafter.” Abbey believes that he has maintained his integrity throughout his career, even after starting his own agency – Abaden Properties – in 2002. The agency has withstood difficult times to keep active offices open in both Lagos and Johannesburg with a property portfolio that extends to Durban and Cape Town. “A significant majority of agents have closed down with the advent of the National Credit Act as well as the financial crisis. We have remained active by offering a range of services not just buying and selling properties. I have pursued various qualifications at the Wits Business School including a post graduate qualification in property studies which allow me to provide consultation services to companies. These include valuations, renovation guidance and assistance in finding suitable office space and residences for key employees. We
were the agency responsible for relocating expatriates working for Barclays when they acquired a stake in Absa.” The agency has also created a niche for itself by managing properties for a number of foreigners who buy investment property in the country. Abbey says that they were the first agency to assist Nigerians to buy properties in SA for rental, a service he has expanded to other countries including Kenya and Ghana. “Our long term vision is to remain a foremost estate agency that provides unmatched service to families across Africa. We sometimes manage properties for people who have never been to the country. You also need financial discipline to obey the rules around your trust account because sometimes a client does not require you to remit rentals for three years and then out of the blue they ask you to transfer a huge amount to the United Kingdom as school fees for their children.” Abbey is also the founder and minister at Bramley based Shekainah Ministries. His wife whom he met during his days at university comes from Zambia. She is a human resource professional at Ericsson and together they have two young daughters. He cites the Seeff Brothers, Emary Campbell, Liora Bamberger and Charles Vinnin as his industry mentors. - Keith Kundai
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WILLY YAV – FROM M.E.D.I.A TO P.Y.G.M.A f you have been in South Africa for much of the past two decades, then you have probably heard or seen Willy Mukiny Yav from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Heard – on his radio segment the Willy Yav show. Seen – on either the SABC TV music show known as Jukebox Africa that aired in the nineties, on Summit TV presenting
began with a slight French accent when we recently met at a Sandton hotel. “I had come to the country to join my brother Alain who was studying at Wits. We were struggling financially, so much so that he had to run a salon in Hillbrow to pay for his fees and I had to abandon my studies and take up a position as a French translator at the SABC.”
and business partner, an architect who hails from Rwanda - Gatarhaiya Jean Pierre (J.P.). The Msimang family has always welcomed us and treated us as one of their own. Their daughter Mandla runs Pygma Consulting and is the M in the name while my brother Alain who is responsible for our communications business completes the acronym.”
At the young age of 20, Yav was trained within the SABC to handle various media assignments on the
It all began when Alain who was a marketer at Cadbury Schweppes came across an opportunity to assist a Cape Town based company that was looking to expand its activities to the rest of the continent. Willy indicated that they worked on a unique proposal focused on a marketing approach that created a perception of quality and it was this that won them the lucrative contract. “Soon after, we assisted FCB in establishing an agency in the DRC,” he recalled. “We realised from this experience that there were opportunities in advertising and approached Ogilvy to start an agency in the capital Kinshasa together. Alain relocated to head the new entity and with the assistance of South African creative director Kris Lukraj; a decade later they have built the largest agency in the country with significantly improved quality and approximately 100 employees.” The most significant challenges they faced in the DRC according to Willy was that of finding appropriate staff in light of the fact that they were one of the first agencies in the country with world class standards. They
“We established Pygma Communication as the largest advertising agency in the DRC...”
African Business Tonight or as the host of two popular events of that era; Miss Malaika and the Kora African music awards. “I got into media soon after arriving in the country in 1991,” Willy
African continent that brought him into contact with key decision makers in the region. In 1996, he felt that he had learnt enough to start his own television company which he used to produce various shows for his former employer. Shortly after, he got the chance to move into the corporate environment to pursue other business opportunities with family and friends. This was the birth of the PYGMA group. “Pygma is an acronym of the names of the five founders of the group, which has diverse interests and is united by a pan African vision,” he revealed. “P is for Paul Kasseyet who is our chairman and a Congolese entrepreneur who has worked in remote parts of the continent pursuing unique opportunities in mining and property development. The Y is derived from my surname while the G refers to my best friend
initially employed returning residents from other African and European countries, but found that there were merits in hiring and training local individuals whom he said created a whole new crop of advertising professionals in the country. “Other than advertising we are looking to increase our investment in the DRC and across the continent,” Willy added. “Other than finding investment opportunities on the continent for investors, my current responsibilities within the Pygma Group include looking for business development opportunities for the Group companies, pursuing mining interests in the Congo through Pygma Investments and seeking other investment, consulting and advisory opportunities. Our current focus is property development - we own land in parts of the country that we are looking to develop. Similarly we have property in Rwanda and in Benoni, South Africa. JP, the architect in the group, is largely responsible for our plans to build middle to upper class homes of a certain quality in these African markets.”
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Willy and his family live in the leafy suburb of Hurlingham Johannesburg. He spends a significant amount of time travelling to about twenty countries on the continent and this is likely to increase as Pygma sets its sights on expanding its operations to Europe and the United States. “We believe that South Africa is a gateway to the rest of the continent. Our local entity is known as Pygma Consulting which Mandla is largely responsible for. She has a background in regulation in the telecommunications sector having worked for Cell C and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for many years. The company is a boutique consulting firm with a number of associates working on a variety of projects at any given time.” When asked about his plans for the future, Willy confessed that he looked forward to returning to his first love once his corporate assets are set up and running on their own. “Being in the media and doing events are my passion,” he declared. - Keith Kundai
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CHAIR OF THE SA DRC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Tell us about yourself and how you ended up in South Africa. I hail from Lubumbashi in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where I completed my studies in electrical engineering. I came to South Africa (SA) in September 1998 when a multi-national entity was looking for a French speaking engineer. I was deployed to Mauritius for eighteen months before returning to SA to work on different projects around the country. In 2004, I resigned and setup my own company ITEC Electrical. We now have about 23 members of staff who carry out various electrical engineering projects and provide consultancy services both in SA and in the DRC. How was the SA DRC Chamber of Commerce formed? I initiated the formation of the SA DRC Chamber of Commerce two years ago when I realised that there was a large amount of business between the two countries. I realised that there was a need to facilitate trading opportunities for companies going to DRC seeing as the only available channel was the Embassy. The time had come for us to set up a
platform for business people to obtain both information and advice with respect to their dealings in the DRC. The platform is also beneficial for Congolese companies coming to do business in SA. What have been the achievements of the Chamber since its formation? We had a very successful launch on the 24th of November 2010 here in Johannesburg attended by a Cabinet minister from the DRC as well as various members of the business and diplomatic community from the two countries. We have established an office at The Business Centre in Johannesburg and employed two people to respond to queries. Additionally, we have very strong links with the embassy and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federation of Enterprise in the DRC which has enabled us to add benefit to our current and prospective members. What is the structure of the Chamber and what benefits does it provide to its members? T h e Chamber has been registered as a non profit organisation in South Africa. It has a board nominated by its members which currently consists
of six people who do not earn any remuneration. The membership fees differ depending on the turnover of the entity in the DRC. About 80 percent of the members are South African companies with business interests in the DRC with the remainder consisting of Congolese companies pursuing opportunities in SA. We assist members with their requirements in the DRC including facilitating visas, company registration and obtaining various business permits. We also provide legal advice and assist in sourcing suitable partners in the Congo. How would you describe the business environment in the DRC? At the moment things are a little quiet as most investors are concerned about the elections. They are waiting to see whether the political environment subsequent to the elections will be conducive for business. That said, the country has recently moved six places in the doing business index from 171 to 165. The most difficult thing for South Africans doing business in the DRC is the language barrier as business is primarily conducted in French. However, if you overcome that and with our assistance there is potential to get a great return on investment. Mining and related industries are where the most significant opportunities lie as the country possesses almost all minerals known to man. Agriculture also has huge potential because many of the countryâ€™s food products are imported. - Keith Kundai
discovering The Champagne Castle Hotel
I have been to the Table Mountains in Cape Town - breathtakingly beautiful - but in my view, the Drakensberg has a leg up. A perfect expedition, the only downside being a few too many toll gates with fees of up to R40 per stop and numerous speed cameras even at sections where one has every temptation to put the pedal to the metal.
If however you are able to regulate your speed and play your part in funding the roads, your just reward is one of Africaâ€™s most frequented mountain ranges. According to the Drakensberg Tourism Association, the area falls into four valleys beginning with the Champagne Valley in the Central Berg, through the Cathedral Peak and Didima
Valley, then the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre Valley, and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. I drove through a sleepy town with the window rolled all the way down to breath in the countryside fresh air flavoured by a dash of animal dung. It was a windy
entrance to Champagne Valley with Champagne Castle Hotel being the chosen destination lying thirty nine kilometres from the Estcourt North off-ramp from the N3 to Durban. Nothing complements a stunning view better than a warm welcome. A delicious meal in the dining hall sent me on my way to
my room. The room is well ‘equipped’ with a posture perfect double bed, telephone, DSTV, hairdryers, hot water bottles, tea and coffee-making facilities, extra blankets, umbrella’s, a safe and an oil heater in case the cool wind sweeps in from the surrounding hills. I stepped onto the balcony
and there was a sight to behold. A majestic mass stretched from a few hundred metres from where I was, on the ground into the horizon and in the air into the heavens. The view was a pleasant blend of grey rock, brown earth and green vegetation that would jolt anyone to grab their camera. I felt very lucky to have one of the 38 mountain facing deluxe
rooms at the hotel which also has a few garden facing rooms as well as self-catering chalets that host up to six people. After a comfortable nights rest, I visited the reception to see what Champagne Valley had to offer. The
Teams can undertake the mini Olympics which is a collective term for group sporting activities offered outdoors on the estate. Indoors, Champagne Castle Hotel has a games room with popular games including pool, table soccer and a variety of board games. If you fancy water,
full view of the mountains. I cannot really think of a better place that would present a more picturesque setting to say ‘I do’. Not too far away is a little shop full of delightful mementos that you could buy as a souvenir to an unforgettable trip.
“ I vowed to return in winter when snow descends upon the mountains. The cherry on top that adds testimony to a brand promise that in my view holds true – you are unlikely to experience a better sense of place.” fact that the get-away is situated within the World Heritage site that is the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, serves to reinforce the four star hotel’s slogan of a sense of place. The lodge has a wellness centre where one can enjoy an exhaustive array of individualised and specialised treatments. If you are up for a challenge, try the big five hiking challenge which is an expedition to climb all five major peaks of the Drakensberg. The few who have successfully completed this test receive a certificate and get their names engraved on the hotel honour board.
you could either dive into the large swimming pool in close proximity to the rooms or take a short walk to the well stocked trout dam and do some fishing. There are some fantastic activities for those with families. You could challenge your kids on the putting green then take on the real deal at the golf resort down the road. There is an animal farm that children would enjoy as well as daily horse rides for all ages and pony rides for the very little ones.
Although I got to experience a few of these pleasures, unfortunately most of my time was spent in the hotel conference centre attending a company workshop. That said; it was a great location for a work function with pleasant weather in spring time. I vowed to return in winter when snow descends upon the mountains. The cherry on top that adds testimony to a brand promise that in my view holds true – you are unlikely to experience a better sense of place. KC ROTTOK
The venue also has a small chapel with the altar positioned in
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“With his interest in insurance peaked, the young engineer obtained a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Insurers in the UK with relative ease and was appointed regional manager at the age of 33.” 30
studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe and ended up in insurance entirely by accident,” Simon Chikumbu begins. This Chief Executive Officer of AON Benfield Africa region prepares to tell me his life story as we sit in the company boardroom of AON’s Sandton office waiting for coffee to be served. “My first job was working for at mine very far away from bright lights of Harare (then Salisbury) in 1980 and from my village. It was difficult to say the least. As a last born the in family, I was missing my family, the working hours were quite demanding and as an asthma sufferer, I had difficulty coping with the dusty environment. In addition, this was soon after Zimbabwe’s independence when discrimination was still an issue. So I left to join the country’s largest brewery in Harare.” It was at the brewery that Simon met his wife Theodora with whom he has three children; sons Farai and Kudzi who work for KPMG and Deloitte respectively and daughter Chido who is a student at UCT. “The company appeared disapproving of colleagues dating and hence I decided to start looking for another job,” he recalls, “I got a position at a reinsurance company in Harare which promised travelling and a new environment. I started working as an engineering underwriter which also included was doing valuations of plant and equipment and risk assessments. In time I began to enjoy my role. Unlike
my previous positions, this one enabled me to see different types of industries and meet different people. Also as an underwriter, I was at the forefront of revenue generation and could determine premiums thereby have the ability to make money for the company. I still remember the satisfaction I got from the first policy that I wrote. The premium was small, about 500 Zimbabwe dollars at the time or equivalent of USD 80 but I got motivated nonetheless!” With his interest in insurance having peaked, Chikumbu decided to pursue professional insurance exams and managed to obtain a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Insurers in the UK with relative ease. He began to familiarise himself with the other classes of insurance within the organisation and at the age of 33 was appointed regional manager. A few years later, he joined the largest insurance broker in Zimbabwe to head their new reinsurance division. “Reinsurance brokerage is the business of arranging reinsurance for insurance companies and as my employer was well positioned in the market, we quickly acquired a significant majority of the market with support from our holding company overseas. Our company was later acquired by Aon Globally and with the transformation happening in South Africa, they needed a team to come and set up a hub from which to develop the rest of the African market,” he recalls with a slight glance at the door anticipating our coffee.
A brief shake of the head precedes the next phase of the story. “My introduction to the South Africa of 1999 was not an easy one. There were few black professionals in the industry. In fact, we once went to a client who totally disregarded my position as a director and dedicated his attention to a much more junior colleague of European origin. I was part of a new team that was charged with the responsibility of creating something from scratch and having moved to the country alone, it was a very lonely affair. I was quite tempted to quit but I did not want to let down those who had gone to great lengths to put me here.” Chikumbu and his team used the AON presence in many African countries to open doors with respect to reinsurance broking. They have since established themselves as market leaders in about ten countries with South Africa accounting for 60% of AON’s revenue. In 2004, he was appointed CEO of AON Re Africa, the reinsurance division of AON in Africa. In 2008, when AON bought Benfield, another large reinsurance broker in the world, Chikumbu was appointed chief executive of the merged entity on the continent. He also sits on the board of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. As a result he frequently visits Europe for board meetings and frequents each African country where they have a presence at least once a year.
“At the moment I am settled in SA because this is the country with the most significant opportunities when it comes to reinsurance and my family is quite settled here. However, I visit Zim quite often as it is only an hour and a half away by air. I see myself spending half my time in SA and the other half there when I eventually retire.”
school fees and his high school headmaster who forgave him when he was involved in some unfortunate incident which could have justified him being expelled. As I leave I ask him about his management style. “I require high standards although I am quite open and approachable,” he replies with a wry smile as he heads towards his corner office.
Chikumbu attributes his success to his upbringing in a polygamous family of 14 which taught him about hard work and how to relate to others. He also believes that there were key people in his life including his primary school headmaster who allowed him to finish his studies when he was struggling to pay
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Tell us about yourself. This year for me marks 20 years of living in South Africa. When I first arrived, I stayed in various townships including Soweto and Lenasia. I worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years in hotels such as the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg when it was one of the best hotels in the world and have great memories including meeting Michael Jackson and babysitting Denzel Washingtonâ€™s children during their visit to South Africa. Later, I ventured into the property sector with my husband Nigerian Adeyinka George. We are based in Pretoria and focus on all kinds of properties including residential properties, office blocks and shopping complexes. I am a mother to four children; sadly my first born daughter passed on mid this year. How did the idea or MAFSA come about?
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Being the daughter of a Malawian father and Zambian mother I associated with many migrants from these countries. I decided to start Malawians and Friends of South Africa (MAFSA) in the early nineties aimed at having a year end get together because there were very few of us in the mid-nineties. I wanted to create a platform where we can get together and socialise with people from our native land. Our inaugural event in 1994 was a small dinner that was attended by 20 people which grew to 50 people the following year. In 1996, I decided to involve others in helping to organise our year end function and our dinner
FOUNDER OF M A L AW I A N S AND FRIENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA (MAFSA) at the Carlton Hotel was attended by 200 people. Since then, the word got out about our activities and we have managed to host a dinner and dance for every year leading up to our last function at O R Tambo Southern Sun last year. How was the event last year? Last year’s event was one of our best yet. It was well sponsored by businesses and individuals including Malawi Tourism and Air Malawi. We had a few entertainers including Lucius Banda and it was attended by about 300 attendees who had a fantastic time particularly because drinks were free for an extended period. Additionally, we managed to raise funds for the Sonke Gender Justice initiative and this was covered in various media. The only negative feedback we received from the event was a few too many speeches as most of the sponsors got to speak. We will be looking to reduce this when we host our function this year at the same venue on 03 December 2011 with part of the proceeds going to Reach out and Touch, a charity organisation in Malawi.
have a rotating committee as new people come in with new energy and new ideas. The success of each year’s event is usually dependent on the strength of the team organising it. MAFSA is neither a political nor a religious organisation. Our group is made up not only of Malawians, but also people of various African nationalities. We are looking to expand our activities to incorporate those in the informal sector as well as they sometimes feel excluded from our annual black tie event which is primarily frequented by professionals and business people. Beyond that we are in the process of developing a website to increase our visibility. At the moment, we have a database of over 1000 Malawians and can be reached on our new email address MAFSA2010@gmail.com or fax number +27866000149. We are grateful to all MAFSA members; we have survived for 17 years this year because of their commitment and contribution and look forward to their continued support to make a difference in our country and the continent.
“We have successfully hosted a Malawi night dinner every year since 1994....”
- Keith Kundai
Martha with some of the Malawi Night 2011 organisers.
We have been an unregistered group up to now but we are in the process of registering it as a Non Profit Organisation in South Africa. We intend to launch the new organisation at the dinner. We have a permanent MAFSA committee as well as a rotating committee each year that is responsible for organising the dinner. It is good to
Know Your Envoy
A M B A S S A D O R S O N N I S A M U E L Y U S U F, N E W N I G E R I A N H I G H C O M M I S S I O N E R
Know Your Envoy
hat was your career path leading up to your appointment? I have spent 30 years in the Nigerian Foreign Service having joined in August 1981. My first overseas posting was to Kuwait in 1982 where I served for four years before returning to Nigeria as First Secretary in the Southern African department. In this position, I was essentially a desk officer in charge of the liberation movement – ANC, PAC and SWAPO. Thereafter, I obtained a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy followed by further training in Negotiations and Crisis Management. I assumed various roles in foreign diplomatic missions including Germany, Burkina Faso, France and South Africa. At later stages in my career I was deputy director – Inspectorate Division, Acting Director – European Affairs Division, Director – Consular and Immigration Division, Director of Protocol to the President of the Senate and recently Director – Middle East and Gulf Division at the Foreign Ministry. How did you receive the news of your appointment? My appointment as High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in January this year was a pleasant surprise. I believe that the government had good reason for appointing someone who is familiar with South Africa. This will surely hold me in good stead in the discharge of my duties. From 1998 to 2003, I was Consul/Head of
Chancery at the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Johannesburg. These were exciting times in the bilateral relations between the two countries, culminating in a strategic partnership through the establishment of the BiNational Commission mechanism.. What are your priorities as High Commissioner to South Africa? Briefly, I have three main priorities: First, to increase the level of investment between the two countries. Several South African companies have invested in Nigeria, but apparently very few black businesses are involved in the mix. I aim to increase the awareness of business opportunities amongst this group of South Africans. Secondly, there is a lack of balance in our investment and business relationships as there are very few Nigerian companies that have penetration in the South African business environment, seemingly due to institutional regulatory barriers. There have been indications for several years that these impediments would be addressed but not much has changed. For instance, there are only two Nigerian banks here namely First Bank and Union Bank. In spite of being here since 1999, they are yet to be granted retail licences and yet South African banks have unencumbered access in the Nigerian economic space. I am keen to address the issue of such imbalances and finally my role is to serve and protect the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians living in South Africa.
How would you describe your knowledge of Nigerians living in South Africa? I interacted with them a great deal during my tenure as the Consul/Head of Chancery in Johannesburg. There are numerous professionals in academia, medicine, ICT, financial sector and business. There are also a number of Nigerians in the informal sector of the economy. The government recognises the importance of Diaspora and has established a Diaspora Commission. The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) which has representation here and worldwide has become the foremost organisation that the government works with. However, Nigerians are free to form other social cultural associations whom we will also engage for as long as they are lawfully constituted and observe the laws of our host. Tell us more about yourself, your interests and future plans. I am a Pan-Africanist Christian and chronic optimist. I am married with four children who are all students. I have varied culinary taste, a connoisseur of good wine and a lover of jazz music. I enjoy travelling, reading and sports. Given my interest in ICT, I am also a Microsoft Certified Programmer. I do not have the temperament for active and elective politics and hence rather than seeking office, I will probably be involved in enterprise and philanthropy when I eventually retire from diplomatic service. - Keith Kundai
DR. CHUMA, M D O F V I TA B I O T I C S A N D C H A I R O F K E D A S A was first introduced to the name Dr. Chomba Chuma when it appeared in my inbox in 2007 inviting me to a presentation on South African property. A few days later I joined a small group that had come to listen to the owner of Mumbi Properties explain how to use trusts to create a property portfolio. “I named the company Mumbi after my late sister,” he informed me when we met recently. “I got the idea of forming the company when I had acquired my fourth property in the country and needed a vehicle to manage them. I figured that as my portfolio grew so would the company. Unfortunately we hit a rough patch when the recession hit in 2008 but things are slowly getting back on track.”
following a decision to venture into the business world after a career as a medical doctor.
“I ended up as a doctor due to the Kenyan education system,”
completion of my studies and internship I joined the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche. Six months later they posted me to Johannesburg as the medical director for Sub Saharan Africa.” C h u m a believes t h a t moving w i t h his wife Rispah whom he met in medical school made the transition less difficult. He worked for two years at the company before joining Sanofi Aventis as a national sales manager for a blood thinner. While at Sanofi, he established his own company called Lighthouse Pharma selling supplements through Dischem and independent courier pharmacies. “In 2006, after a year at Sanofi, I felt that my company was doing well enough for me to take a leap of faith and run it on a full time basis,” he recalled, this time with a smile. “We were able to get more products into the Dischem chain of pharmacies and in 2008 we decided to make our company bigger by selling a majority stake to our suppliers Vitabiotics UK.” When asked whether the
“Given the challenges you face as an entrepreneur, I think it is equally important to sharpen your emotional IQ as you would with business expertise!”
Chomba was drawn to property investment because it allowed him to develop the passive income the industry promised by way of rentals and capital growth. The bulk of his time is taken up by his position as the Managing Director of Vitabiotics South Africa, a company he co-owns
he explained with a slight frown. “When I got good grades the system kind of dictated that I pursue either pharmacy or medicine. I pursued the latter at Moi University and on
move to full time business was easy, his frown returned as he explained with an air of seriousness what the trying times have taught him. “I think one should go to a school of psychology rather than a business college when contemplating becoming an entrepreneur,” he advised. “I did a business diploma and later pursued an MBA which I thought would equip me for the challenges ahead. Well, that doesn’t prepare you mentally to be tough when sales are slow and you have to pay salaries.” The biggest challenge that Vitabiotics faced was that of distribution. Chomba revealed that to get a product like Immunace to a place like Upington by courier costs more than the product itself. Hence it was a big break for the company when their products were approved for distribution through Clicks which has about 400 stores and 280 pharmacies nationally.
Mwai Kibaki in Pretoria, hosted the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) and I represented the association at the meeting of Kenyan Ambassadors held in Mombasa.” At the time of the interview, the association was also working on a plan to mobilise assistance for Kenyans who have been affected by the ongoing drought in East Africa. “The association has a draft constitution largely borrowed from a similar association for Kenyans in Holland,” Chomba explained continued. “It will guide the membership and leadership structure as well as establish a continuous process for raising funds to make it self-sufficient. It is important that the organisation unlike the many that came before it outlives its interim office bearers.” Conscious of the many organisations that have previously represented Kenyans in SA, I ask
Chomba what different.
“Being an umbrella body means that we essentially have corporate members including a number of churches, Prokey, KESABA, student bodies, KEFA and the Upendo Women’s Investments Group. Our approach is different seeing as we are not competing with these organisations but rather inviting them to participate in a collaborative effort. If you consider the success of the CIC meeting, belonging to an umbrella body facilitates communication as the different bodies bring in their members for each project.” Chomba is a 36 year old father of two; daughter Lerato and son Tsepo. His plan is to establish a few companies in SA over the next decade that can run themselves without his involvement then return to Kenya to participate in national development. - KC ROTTOK
“That was a new beginning for us,” he beamed. And speaking of new beginnings, I asked Chomba about a new association he has been at the forefront of founding known as the Kenyan Diaspora Association of South Africa (KEDASA). “We had a meeting in May to form the association as an umbrella body for the many different Kenyan groups that exist in South Africa. The inaugural office bearers are drawn from these groups and so far we have presented our views to President
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THE EXPAT OFFSPRING’S JOURNEY TO THE ALTAR a challenge. We attended schools that were the breeding ground for a multicultural approach to life and were exposed to all kinds of children. Once we leave the safety of the educational halls, we are expected to acknowledge our ‘differences’ and behave accordingly.
ew defy parental prescriptions to marry within your own cultural group. It is interesting that you are not allowed to date in school and university but as soon as you graduate, you should promptly marry and provide grandchildren! During the learning stages, whatever dating that is done is kept a high profile secret from parents (a.k.a the F.B.I). One has to wonder whether they expect you to find your life partner on your first day of work.
“Date your own kind! It will significantly minimize the conflicts that arise from differences in religion, culture and traditions…”
It is also strange that they then provide a dating manual which usually states that you should date “your own kind”. This means if you’re Zambian, you best be dating that boy you hit on the head with mud pies when you were both five years old, because he’s Zambian. If you’re Ghanaian, you date the son of the couple who housed your parents when they first came to South Africa, because he’s Ghanaian, the list is endless. For those who are children of first generation expatriates, this is
once told me that when people marry, differences exist because they come from different homes, and sometimes those differences can be overwhelming. So choosing your own kind minimizes conflicts in differences such as religion, culture and traditions. It makes it easier. That was the best explanation I have ever received about why we should marry “our own kind”.
Should you be lucky enough to find someone “of your kind”, many expat children can tell you that when presenting him/her to the parents you run the risk of being met with the response of “Oh no, not this one!” All the while, there are gentle whispers and suggestions, which are actually coercions, as to whom you should be involved with. I’m not saying that there’s no merit to their system and I begrudgingly admit that they are often correct. A friend’s mother
My point is, you may not necessarily marry the one you date, but you will date the one you marry. So parents should bear in mind that if I only start dating AFTER I have my first (sometimes second or third) degree, it will take that much longer for the grandchildren to put in an appearance. Additionally, all the opportunities and privileges our parents provided us with come hand in hand with exposure to people of different races and cultures, and to a certain extent, we see these people as being “our own kind” as well. Ultimately, I believe the decision is no longer COMPLETELY an individual one. It is yours and your parents who, in truth, only want the best for you. For the most part, I believe that makes their views tolerable. I would like to believe that whether you make your own choice or follow the advice of the FBI, at the end of the day, they both lead to the most important thing in this life, and that’s love. Sheila Lynn Senkubuge
MUSA KALENGA, SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUNGEST CHARTERED MARKETER Pic: Paul Shiakalis
he man is a star – whether he’s a rising one or one that is already shooting, I’ll let you be the judge. A baby in Zambia, a toddler in Scotland, a school boy in Botswana and now an achiever in South Africa – you would battle to find a better argument for a world view in one’s developmental years. I am talking about Musa Kalenga, a familiar face on local television and other media who recently acquired the title of SA’s youngest Chartered Marketer. “I am the middle child in a family of five children. We lived in various countries before relocating to Hillbrow in 1994. It was difficult to adjust; our car was stolen shortly after arrival prompting us to move to Windsor. There was a lot of tension between black and white kids back then and I found myself acting as mediator in school all the time. Having been in Scotland, I was not troubled by issues such as race allowing me to focus on studies which earned me a scholarship to Lonehill College and not too long after, entry into Wits for a BCom (Bachelor of Commerce) degree.”
of which were spent travelling to their countries of origin. The group began hosting parties at Wits and grew rapidly prompting Kalenga to think about scaling it down and finding a clear purpose. “I became chairman of the Youth Advertising Board of South Africa while still at Wits. The experience gave me a chance to interact with the marketing fraternity and I soon realized that big corporates did not know how to market to young people. I thought this was a gap Monatefellaz could fill and set it up as a marketing consultancy. I got my first client when Richard Branson came into the country with Virgin Money and their partners ABSA approached me to help them,” he recalls. At the age of 24, Kalenga employed about six people under Monatefellaz which experienced phenomenal growth as a result of the company’s unique understanding
experts in the youth market but I had the desire to scale up our operations by securing lucrative business that is government work. But as the only shareholder, it was difficult to do this as we could never obtain a rating that is higher than BEE Level 3. This made me more amicable to the idea of a buyout when my mentor Thebe Ikalafeng approached me through his Brand Leadership Group. The transaction was completed this year and Monatefellaz in essence became part of their I-Hop division with me heading up the division.” Kalenga recently completed the Chartered Marketer qualification through the Wits Business School. He explains that one needs ten to fifteen years of marketing experience to be awarded the qualification. He however successfully challenged this pre-requisite in an interview to get into the programme making him the youngest person in South Africa to possess the qualification at the age of 26.
“A baby in Zambia, a toddler in Scotland, a At such a school boy in Botswana and now an achiever in young age, Kalenga SA – you would battle to find a better argument has been the subject for a world view in one’s developmental years.” of various
While at Wits, Kalenga and a group of about fifteen other foreign students set-up Monatefellaz, a website where they posted anecdotes from their holidays, most
of the youth market. “What we preached was that the speed of change in the youth market happens a lot quicker,” he explains, “The mistake companies make is that if they are doing a strategy now, they are using information gathered last year. For the youth market, that data is probably already outdated.We were
features on radio, TV and in online and print media. He has been featured on M-Nets Carte Blanche, was one of the bloggers for The Economist and has been profiled in various magazines including Drum, YOU and Destiny Man. On DSTV, he was the host of a breakfast show on channel 114 called Africa Awakes and later hosted his own talk show known
as the Kalenga Touch on the same platform. “I don’t believe that all publicity is good publicity, but as a person in business I think one can effectively use media to position themselves. A good example is when I appeared on E-TV’s Maggs on Media talking about the youth market, I received a call the next day from a prospective client who needed to consult in this area,” Kalenga reveals. I wrap up the interview by asking Kalenga about his Zambian identity having lived away from the country for so long.
lot of the people I meet assume I am South African. My knowledge of Zulu and Zambian languages is equally poor although I understand Afrikaans fairly well. People in mainstream media in Zambia have heard about me and I am working on building my clothing apparel brand called Zamboy there. A broadcaster in that country is also interested in my show Kalenga Touch. I now have a Zambian ID and have acquired land in the country. Hopefully in a few years, I will have business interests and residences in both countries that will enable me to travel back and forth. Other than that I am in the process of writing my first book,” he concludes.. -KEITH KUNDAI
“Those who know me personally know that I am Zambian although a
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PERSON OF THE YEAR: AFRICA BEARS HALLMARKS OF GREATNESS BEYOND 2011 t is that time of the year when I pre-occupy myself with the world’s prestigious top ‘lists’, whether it be predictions on the Forbes Rich List, world’s most influential, world’s most powerful, car of the year or most importantly, the Person of the Year. I could not quite find any particular individuals this year - not even the Nobel peace prize winners - and so I settled on Africa. The year is 1960, when several Africa countries gained independence from their European masters and realized self-worth.
much feared concept of resource nationalism, commonly referred to as nationalisation or indigenization at the moment, and are taking giant steps to safeguard mineral resources for future generations. Consequently, we are seeing keen efforts at beneficiation across the mining sector in South Africa, the establishment of sovereign wealth funds in Nigeria and more planned to save resource proceeds for the benefit of future generations, from Angola to Zimbabwe, more economic regional integration, and so on.
Several decades on, Africa has once again hogged the spotlight; this time for all the right reasons. First, Africa’s leading economies displayed great reverence for the rule of law – at least with respect to the global financial meltdown that left so-called advanced economies mired in indecision and their cities in flames. They introduced standards of governance for their banks and in so doing kept their financial institutions and prized assets away from the clutches of the self-appointed masters of the universe – the select few very powerful financiers largely operating beyond the bounds of regulation.
In our march forward, Africa gave the world yet another milestone to celebrate – people first. While the Arab Spring continues to smoulder across the Middle East, Africa’s own events have in the main concluded successfully. We salute, and hope upon our humanity that we will find common cause in our new age of promise.
Africa has continued to make good news. Investors remain bullish on Africa, lured by the promise of its growing economically active workforce, its expanding consumer population, and of course, its abundance of arable land and mineral wealth. Private equity has been a popular vehicle for these investments. Governments in the continent have largely resisted that
As the world ponders both the challenge and opportunity as earth’s population reaches 7 billion, Africa’s population is getting younger, better educated and gifted with technology in a manner unknown to previous
generations. Yes, they will continue to be plagued by shortfalls in the continent’s social agenda, but all indications are that sound policy, opportunity seized and investment in the people will make a difference. The world will also soon emerge from the financial woes that have undermined economic progress. Africa will ride the supercycle. Africa is crafting an extensive agenda to ensure that it is not undermined and forced to take upon the burden of the world in managing global warming evidenced by South Africa’s hosting of the Cop 17 this November - a conference of nations seeking solutions to the threat posed by global warming. I am reminded of a lengthy conversation with the former president of Costa Rica, Jose Maria Figueres in which he said that in the new climate friendly economy towards which the world is moving, the most advanced economies up north will be considered backward, but the countries of the south have in their favour creativity, innovation and technology that will leapfrog many of the past inventions known to man. And so you can see, dear reader, that we no longer need to dig trenches on the ground and bury copper wires for communication, that banks are learning from us that the next banking model will comprise fewer branches (we can now bank on the move), while our homes will make power and share the surplus when not needed, and so on. Africa for the person of the Year: What’s not to like? Buntu Williams has 20 years media experience and is a producer at CNBCAfrica.
have dual citizenship. My Ugandan passport is proper Africa while the SA passport is like...well...Africa Light. Unfortunately Uganda is my insurance passport just in case the Malema trial doesn’t go too well..... I can’t go to Australia if things don’t work out here. I am from Uganda so this is actually my Australia!” That was one of the jokes that made me really crack up when I went to see David Kibuuka’s stand up show. A few weeks later, we met at his office in Braamfontein for this interview. How would you describe the experience of having your first stand up performance – “Dave wasn’t built in a day”? It was fantastic! Normally when you do shows, there are a number of acts on the line up and you don’t really get the chance to be yourself. I don’t think a ten minute performance is a true reflection of the comedian. It was good to have the whole hour to myself and it was less difficult than I had anticipated. It evolved from the first night as the show was interactive and I was able to tweak it somewhat depending on the audiences’ responses. On the final night my family attended it and I therefore had a few more anecdotes from my childhood in the set.
Speaking of your family, how Ugandan are you?
Tell us more about these TV Shows.
Not very. I visit the country once or twice a year and realise how Ugandan I am not. For example, I can follow what people are saying but do not speak the language. Also the references that people have are completely different to mine. I visit because I have many family members there although a good number of Kibuuka’s now live here. I don’t think I will ever return to live there although I may consider investing at some point. I am like a Greek person in SA; they say they are Greek but they really aren’t because they don’t live in Greece.
Well in LNN I am the international correspondent so my role is very specific. Any exposure is good for someone in this business but this is even better because it revolves around humour which is what I do. We follow the news keenly and write the show by Friday. We have the weekend to think of any changes and shoot on Monday. Like a naughty student, I always do my homework on Sunday night. As the Jozi Show revolves around Jozi shooting their album with collaborations with artists in the rest of Africa, we anticipate a lot of travel. We can also sell it to other networks as it is not licensed like LNN.
Was having your own one hour special the highlight of your career? I have multiple careers. It was definitely the highlight of my stand up career. However, what stands out is my roles in movies, in particular starring in Bunny Chow which came out in 2006. We went out to France and took part in the Cannes Film Festival and to Toronto, Canada. We have just wrapped up shooting a movie called Blitz Patrol which is set to be released in June 2012. When it comes to my TV career, I have a slot on Late Night News (LNN) which shows on ETV as well as the Jozi Show which is a reality show around the musical duo Da Les and Ishmael collectively known as Jozi who I also manage.
What are the challenges you experience as a comedian? Well at the moment it is like a gold rush. Everyone is trying to get into it as there is some money to be made. I think the challenge is to develop a specific brand. The mistake people make is looking over their shoulders at other comedians worrying about whether they are better or how much they are making. It is much like life; you need to chart your own path and own style which demands originality. Something that is not always easy to do. Another challenge as a comedian is getting a venue. Good venues today are booked up to 2013. Finally, it is always bad when you are on stage and ‘you die’. That’s when the
“I have a BCom degree but don’t think I will ever use it. Can you imagine if I went for an interview today – so what have you been up to all these years? – telling jokes! No one would hire me.” 48
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audience doesn’t get your jokes and greet you with silence like they don’t know what you are talking about. Tell us about yourself, what you do in your spare time and what are your future plans?
I am writing a new show entitled “Crazy man” and will be touring with my current one in Edinburgh, Scotland and Zimbabwe. I am also halfway through writing a book. - Carol Malonza
Well, my career is basically my spare time! It is my hobby; sometimes I get paid for doing a show and I find it weird because whether I got paid or not, I would still have done it as it was so much fun. I have a BCom degree but don’t think I will ever use it. Can you imagine if I went for an interview today – so what have you been up to all these years? – telling jokes! No one would hire me.
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Hanging on with Hannington
Our miserable expatriate women verybody marries the wrong person; that is if one is lucky. There are those who have even completely failed to attract this wrong person. It has become somehow impossible and seemingly a wild goose chase for many expatriate women here in South Africa to get married or more so find “a suitable” partner. At the end of every working day, most of these women head off to their town house slums all alone and sad with only a blackberry to look at. A few active ones pop into sex shops and make use of the freedom and emancipation singlehood has brought them while the more creative ones will initiate moviesnights, go to nightclubs, gate-crash parties, organize braais, go off to holidays and bar hop, hoping to find that elusive prince charming. I believe the hardest hit ones are those who were born and raised in the former homelands and whose parents immigrated to South Africa during the apartheid era. They are growing in leaps and bounds dayby-day to almost a point of calling a National Singles Conference in Durban. With bulging egos, access to Menlyn debt and over-flowing fruit and vegetable fridges, these girls have set themselves up for fail and are reasonably succeeding at it. They have set impossible standards and will often argue “a lack of suitable men” forgetting that second best is better than no man at all. To them, Istockphoto
most available men are a bunch of irredeemable losers. It is ironic that a single miserable girl whose only noise is a bunch of keys for the door to the empty flat is calling others losers.
flexible in choosing a mate or many are likely to end up single and will die trying to find the ‘perfect’ one. Hannington Kasirye.
Many women out there are trying as hard as they can to get out of this quagmire but some have resigned to their fate and often in a tragic tone. They whisper in their own ears that “there is no suitable man for me out there and after all, I am happy being single” But where is the problem? Unlike expat men who can and have fathered children all over South Africa, expat women won’t easily do that. They first and foremost detest South African men, calling them short and too light-skinned. Secondly, coupled with pressure from parents and friends, most would love to settle for men from their own countries. But trouble is that these men are so spoilt for choice when it comes to South African women. Mzansi girls keep us so busy that by the time we think about our own kind, we are already too tired. I concede personal values are important when choosing a partner. But it all seems purely ideological where one mistakes commitment for servitude and believes that career success is the new happiness. A strong defence mechanism for financial freedom is burying them deeper and deeper into a solo popcorn-movie lifestyle. I think we should be more
“Expat women don’t fancy South African men, calling them too short or too light skinned. Expat men however have had no problem fathering children all over South Africa!”
The Last Word
LAMENTING THE LAMA.
“The irony in this whole debacle is that through refusing the man a visa, the plight of the Tibetans was once again put to the fore along with our hypocrisy. Those who were once spat on now spit on others.” here is a topic that has been pounding in my head like the aftermath of a red wine hangover for the last few weeks and has sparked many debates with friend and foe alike.
The topic is the Dalai Lama wanting to come to South Africa for the Arch Bishop’s birthday party. Let me start off by saying that as a citizen of this nation, I don’t think I have a right to know when Faithfulness Ndlovu from Harare’s entry visa is denied. Towing that line, I don’t think that I have any right to know
whether or not the Dalai Lama’s visa has been approved. The government doesn’t have to tell me anything. But, where I lose my nut is when the government, in its infinite wisdom, decides that it needs to help the SABC reach its revenue targets by speaking untruths. Two weeks later -“the visa is still in process” – hmpf, mama didn’t raise no fool! Why not grant a harmless old man a visa to visit his fellow freedom fighter on his birthday. His application should have been viewed on its own merits, just like any other individual visiting this nation of ours. It is not like he came here to march with Juju for our economic emancipation or to sing ‘Everyday I’m shuffling’ with JZ. He was just here to have a cuppa tea. The irony in this whole debacle is that through refusing the man a visa, the plight of the Tibetans was once again put to the fore along with our hypocrisy as a nation. How quickly we forget that not so long ago it was the same ‘nonvisa grantors’ who were oppressed and considered persona non-grata on their own land. It was them
that were the persecuted and down trodden and many pockets of this world stood beside them. With their help we managed to gain the emancipation of the people of South Africa and with that, those that were once spat on can now spit on others. Shame on us. But forget not the slot machine. A few weeks prior to this debacle I remember reading that China had pledged over 20bn in trade with South Africa. Note I wrote trade not grant; we have something that they want. Now put yourself in the shoes of the government. You have a nation for which you have set a growth target of 7%, but for many years, we have not even managed to consistently achieve a 3% growth rate. We promised millions of jobs but with the economic slowdown, we struggle to make a couple of thousand a month. Along comes Bruce Lee’s father with deep pockets and a kick to boot and offers to spend money in your country that will get your economy moving and hopefully reduce unemployment. What would you do? I know what I would. I would try my best to be an independent, self-regulated and self-run nation, obviously taking into account what at the end of the day is best for my people. More importantly however, I would want my people to know that I am an honest government, my moral compass is set right, I do the best for my citizens and I cannot be bought. Yaw Peprah is a self employed entrepreneur pursuing interests in business advisory, consultancy and commodity brokering. www.asitissoitis.blogspot.com
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