Dynamic markets

July is the month of Leo and so it is apt for us to be talking at this time about the ‘Lion Market’ and about how to trade oil on it. Markets are never simple at the best of times but measuring risk can help traders ensure that they are less likely to get caught out. Technology is moving forward to help with that problem and our cover story this issue examines this.

Then we have a feature on labour laws in South Africa. The implementation of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) programme means South Africa has some unusual employment considerations in comparison with other countries. We speak to Lavery Modise from well-regarded law firm Eversheds to find out what foreign companies seeking to open up for business in South Africa need to know.

We also look at one of my personal favourite African subjects – Nollywood. We speak to a young British man of Nigerian descent who went on to set up one of the most successful Nigerian film and music distribution companies in the world. And, of course, we have a large variety of company profiles from organisations around Africa who are examples of the best role models for their respective fields.

Finally, I am afraid I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that I am leaving The African Business Journal and so will no longer be having those fantastic conversations that CEOs and MDs of African companies seem to be so good at holding. The good news is that I’ll get to still read those brilliantly insightful interviews in The African Business Journal under the excellent editorship of my successor, Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Do make him welcome and do keep him abreast of all those positive business news stories that TABJ is here to bring to the world.

God’s blessings upon you all.

Tania Ahsan