May 10

There is, on my desk, a bouquet of yellow and pink tulips—a sign of spring. Much of the world celebrated Easter last week or at least enjoyed the holiday, as did we. Inspired by the time of year, our thoughts turn to regeneration and growth.

The theme of this issue of TABJ is agriculture. In Left in the Dust, we discuss the agricultural revolution, and examine lessons from India and Asia’s rise from low food supplies to global exporters of rice. Could investment in the same technology and infrastructure help assuage Africa’s—specifically sub-Saharan— vulnerability to famine?

We also speak with Michael Mailloux who runs a consulting business which has had tremendous success in educating local farmers on conservative farming techniques. The benefits of these techniques stretch far beyond the farm and into the community in terms of labour costs, production and sustainability.

We had the pleasure of speaking to a variety of business leaders the continent over, and found it interesting to note the commonalities and differences between successful businesses. One such interview was with the team at Equatorial Palm Oil, who are on the verge of production in a burgeoning industry in Liberia.

April 10

In this month’s TABJ, we are contemplating the power of conjoining passion and resources to achieve goals.

Alcon Labs South Africa exemplify a company who will not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of their cause—the treatment and prevention of glaucoma, a disease that statistically affects Africans in greater numbers than any other group. In this issue, we learn that Alcon will not let politics, economics or geography discourage them from providing world-class ophthalmology care to Africa. We also highlight Ranbaxy’s social causes, and how their pharmaceuticals are revolutionizing the patient care landscape.

We are also bringing to you this month analysis of a worthy cause being perverted by corruption. In “Reversal of Fortune”, TABJ highlights foreign aid. How effective is it, actually, and is the money reaching the people who most need it? Is the generosity of individuals and nations pooling resources being misplaced?

And, as always, TABJ has spoken to some of the best and brightest our industries have to offer—people whose passion have created great businesses that, by generating employment and sustainability, are shining examples of the power of business.

March 10

George Media is proud to showcase the inaugural issue of The African Business Journal. This monthly B2B publication will bring to the forefront leaders and innovators that run the gamut of industries across Africa.

Our topics this month cover a wide breadth of issues. We were so humbled to be able to speak about risk mitigation with Randgold Resources’ CEO, Mark Bristow, and he certainly knows his game—spending his time travelling the world speaking to CEOs about the power of social investment in tandem with business execution.

We’re also pleased to bring you an indepth analysis on the correlation between Western oil interest and the treatment of the Lockerbie bomber. With the great deal of media attention the issue has drawn, TABJ explains how ideology, politics and special interest influenced the case. In another special report we looked at the contribution of Abbott Labs SA toward the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

And, of course, how could we not join the conversation about the FIFA World Cup, 2010? Only three months away, we discuss the potential long and short-term impacts of the games on SA. We’ve also published several feature profiles on exemplary business leaders across all regions of Africa, and with that we hope you enjoy our first issue and become regular readers.