ASANTA SANA for the opportunity of a lifetime. While I’m excited for the future, I’m saddened to report that this is my last issue with TABJ. It’s been a dream come true for me to write about Africa and to play a small role in reshaping how the international community views the continent. I’ve learned so much and I’ve met so many incredible people. And I am forever grateful.

In this issue of The African Business Journal, we focus on the conflict in South Sudan which the United Nations has called “a humanitarian and human rights disaster”. Since mid-December, over 400,000 civilians have fled their homes and some 10,000 killed in fighting that seems to be drawn along ethnic lines. Aid agencies have condemned the fighting on both sides and the UN is calling for an independent commission to investigate what the agency calls “an internal armed conflict”.

As the international community calls for a ceasefire in South Sudan, TABJ remembers a man of peace, Nelson Mandela. Dr. Sean Rogers at Know Africa writes how Mandela’s death signifies the end of the period of transition from South Africa’s past of apartheid to its current state of democratic rule for which Mandela sacrificed so much. And Phumlani Dube writes about the legacy of the Great Man and why Madiba will
continue to live on.

In our BIA section, we feature McCormick Property Development, leaders in creating BEE initiatives in South Africa, and Juliet Langton interviews the major Diamond players in Southern Africa.

As always we’re curious about business and we’re curious about you. If you would like to stay in touch, I’m at namugenyi@gmail.com or on twitter @namshine

Many thanks to the TABJ team and especially the design team whom I will miss dearly.

Asanta sana for the wonderful memories. Kwaheri.

Nam