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Salam Wa Aleikum!

Ye Gods, the world has changed since I last spoke to you, dear reader.

To say that it’s been an interesting month in Africa would be an understatement. The freedom fighters of Libya have had the final say in an old fashioned battle between the forces of good and evil.

A certain mad dog, whose name they choked on for so many years, will never speak again, and for Libya that is a pretty good result. For the first time in over four decades its people can breathe easily and, consequently, our cover story focuses on the extraordinary revolution, liberation and future of Libya.

This issue also takes a look at another significant swing of the political pendulum— this time in Zambia—where the new government means business; big business.

There is also an analysis of the South African economy; looking at the traits that have allowed it to apply pragmatism, character and strength at a time when more experienced trading platforms have buckled. Hot on its heels, is a look at the future of South Africa’s rugby team, courtesy of our local correspondent and, boy, he pulls no punches in his assessment of how the Boks were managed during the Rugby World Cup 2011.

In addition, we’ve got an insightful interview with Hamish Laing, Director of the Concrete Manufacturers Association and, naturally, he provides some really solid answers.

Our comprehensive array of company features from the cream of Africa’s business community draws inspiration from several industries this time, including transport, mining, and construction. There is even a feature on an airport where wildlife is free to roam around the departure lounge and an impala greets guests at check-in. Seriously, folks, what more could you possibly want?

Enjoy the festive season, wherever you are,

John
Editor