KWAheri, sALA KAKuhLe,
It’s with bittersweet excitement for me to announce that this is my last issue of The African Business Journal. Yes yes, it’s true. The time has come for us to part ways. I have had an incredible journey getting to research, investigate and share stories about Africa’s successes with you and I hope you’ve enjoyed the past year’s issues as much as I have enjoyed producing them.
However, I’m excited to ‘pass on the torch’, as they say, to a very talented and wonderfully competent journalist with a plethora of experience in the region who will surely take TABJ to the next level, Nam Kiwanuka
For my final issue, we decided to go Green and highlight some of the unique initiatives happening around the continent, starting with a massive development in Pretoria called Menlyn Maine, which is being dubbed as Africa’s first green city.
We also chat with Jonni Katz, CEO and cofounder of ethical fashion brands Earthchild and Earthaddict. He talks about his company’s leading role in inspiring a greener and more sustainable way of doing fashion, as well as his company’s future goals of opening five more stores by the end of 2013. “I am passionate about proving that organic fashion can be successful in a wider market,” he says.
Marc Mcilhone joins us this issue with his column African Brains, this time exploring a revolutionary idea from Rwanda called ‘Charja Vuba,’ which is not only offering locals a portable solarpowered charging station for cell phones, but it’s also inspiring budding entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.
And Knowing Africa’s Sean Rogers dives into the issue of protecting Africa’s natural resources, whether gold and oil, or elephants and rhinos, to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the booming continent for many generations to come.
As always, we invite you to engage with our conversations online on Twitter (@AfricanBJournal) or via email to our new editor Nam at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of an interesting initiative in Africa, a notable member of the business community we should highlight, or a company that deserves notice, please reach out. We want to tell your stories because knowledge shared is knowledge gained.
For one last time, thank you for your loyalty and feedback. I hope you enjoy this issue.