Africa is alive with opportunity, says the founder of BW Medical Group. South African entrepreneurs need to remind themselves people are open to investing in Africa. "We Africans have the opportunity to build African conglomerates. We can create wealth by Africans for Africa."
It has been a year since Nelson Mandela passed on. His departure, mourned by the world, still impacts us today, prompting us to live by his example with compassion, reconciliation and Ubuntu.
Born in a small village in Transkei, Nelson Mandela moved to Johannesburg as a young man. He called several places home over the years, from a backyard shack in Alexandra to an upmarket house in well-heeled Houghton. In his retirement, he divided his time between the city and his rural retreat in Qunu.
As they did when they waited to vote in the country's first democratic elections in 1994, South Africans gathered in a long, orderly but festive queue this week, waiting to have one last look at Nelson Mandela as he lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Nelson Mandela called Qunu in the Eastern Cape home, and it is where is to be buried on 15 December 2013. It is no accident that he went from herd boy to freedom fighter to global statesman – he was chosen for greatness.
Nelson Mandela has left an indelible mark on every South African. His legacy will live on, even as people mourn his passing. Around the country and the world, they gather to pay tribute to a great man and celebrate his inspiring life.
Nelson Mandela united the world in freedom and forgiveness. Once again, today he unites the world - in grief. From politicians to entertainers, from sports men and women to religious leaders, and from ordinary people the world over, tributes are pouring in for a man loved by all.
Nelson Mandela's was a life well-lived. He was an example to which each and every person can aspire - from a small village in the Eastern Cape to the world's political and humanitarian stages, via the horror and loneliness of apartheid's prisons. We salute you, Tata.