The elections have come and gone. Our politicians have made the usual promises and the electorate has had their say. Again. It is with interest that I have been reading press reports on the shenanigans going on deep inside the DA. For a change, it is Madame Zille who is crying foul and accusing our press of misquoting and taking statements out of context. If there was ever any doubt that there are still newspapers that are free and fair operating in this country, then the ability of those newspapers to piss off both the ANC and the DA in equal part must mean they continue to exhibit exquisite balance in their reporting.
One might be forgiven for thinking our continent is a basket case, what with the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, bombing of innocent civilians in Kenya and, of course, corruption on a grand scale nearly everywhere else. It was inspiring to stand in the queue on voting day and listen to the good- natured banter between all races, certainly at the polling station I voted at, and I was left with an overriding sense that if left to our own devices, the ordinary men and women of this land have a real will to fix things, and would do a better job of healing ourselves than the politicians tasked with our nation’s future.
It is certainly not all doom and gloom. In conversations with readers and partners aligned to our sister publications, Land Rover AFRICA and RISKAFRICA, there is definite optimism and excitement for our future. In fact, in a little over a month, I leave on an epic trip through sub- Saharan Africa with my Land Rover AFRICA crew. Travelling with MasterChef judge Reuben Riffel and a film crew, we’ll be highlighting the positive impact tourism is having on the region; and I’ll be collaborating on a unique cookbook with Reuben and local chefs between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam, which I’m particularly excited about.
In this issue of RISKSA, we take a gander at our continent, particularly with a view to the logistics of doing business here, moving goods, investing and the importance of supply chain integrity. It’s high time that we realise that we too stand on African soil and our industry is well poised to make a significant impact on Africa’s future.
Enjoy the read.