The winds of change

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

It was in Fe­bru­ary 1960 that Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmillan de­liv­ered his his­toric “Winds of Change” ad­dress to the Par­lia­ment of apartheid South Africa. The speech was the clear­est dec­la­ra­tion of in­tent on the part of the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment that it was ready to loosen its iron hold on African na­tions which it had con­quered as part of its vast em­pire. It was a time when many African na­tions had be­gun to rise up against the colo­nial mas­ter in a de­ter­mined push for free­dom and the right to self­de­ter­mi­na­tion. In his speech, Macmillan spoke of “the winds of change blow­ing through the con­ti­nent [Africa]”. Not only did the apartheid gov­ern­ment ig­nore Macmillan’s un­so­licited ad­vice, but it held out for an­other 30 years.

Now, in 2018 SA, a wind of op­ti­mistic change is again blow­ing – not just through SA, but through the sub­con­ti­nent. I was re­cently among those for­tu­nate enough to hear for­mer Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Nel­son Man­dela Lec­ture at The Wan­der­ers sta­dium in Johannesburg. Mem­o­rable as it was, how­ever, it was our own Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa who made the big­gest im­pres­sion on me – not so much for what he said, but for the stand­ing ova­tion he re­ceived from the crowd as he stood to in­tro­duce Obama. One sensed the pal­pa­ble re­lief that our na­tion once again has a Pres­i­dent we can trust and be proud of.

As I write this, Zim­bab­weans have just voted in a land­mark elec­tion in their coun­try. For the first time in nearly 40 years, our north­ern neigh­bours can be­lieve in the pos­si­bil­ity of real change. It’s re­mark­able that de­spite the coun­try’s vi­o­lent his­tory, Zim­babwe’s lat­est tran­si­tion has been rel­a­tively peace­ful, al­though se­ri­ous ques­tions must be asked about the le­git­i­macy of the elec­tion process and the sub­se­quent provoca­tive rhetoric by op­po­si­tion lead­ers.

In An­gola, the man nick­named “J-Lo”, Pres­i­dent

João Lourenço, has em­barked on a pro­ject to trans­form a coun­try mod­elled in the im­age of his klep­to­cratic pre­de­ces­sor, Jose Ed­uard dos San­tos.

He’s sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­man­tling Dos San­tos’s vast pa­tron­age net­work and hasn’t spared the for­mer Pres­i­dent’s fam­ily in ring­ing the changes. In our Spot­light on Africa fea­ture in these pages, Vic­tor Kgo­moeswana also ex­am­ines the new wave of op­ti­mism which is sweep­ing through East Africa.

I also draw great inspiration from the sto­ries of peo­ple like Khosi Jef­frey Ramovha, who’s em­brac­ing en­trepreneur­ship in a bid to up­lift his peo­ple. Check out our En­trepreneurs fea­ture for more about his am­bi­tious plans for the vil­lage clus­ter of Mu­len­zhe in Venda. Co­in­ci­den­tally, our Pow­er­house fea­ture is about an­other Venda man from Lim­popo: Ndavhe Mareda, the driv­ing force be­hind the Makole Group, a bur­geon­ing con­glom­er­ate which has its roots in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

And then there’s our cover story. Love him or loathe him, there’s sim­ply no ig­nor­ing rebel rap­per Drake. Hav­ing de­fied al­most ev­ery stereo­type that de­fines the genre, he’s charted his own path to suc­cess, craft­ing a unique sound and iden­tity which has cat­a­pulted him to global su­per­star sta­tus.

En­joy – and happy Her­itage Month!

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