W E L C o M E Why Follow When you can lead?
In this issue of africa outlook, we feature companies who are widely considered to be market leaders in their respective industries including the mining, technology, finance and renewable energy industries across africa. although each company differs greatly in their approach to cementing their positions at the top of the ladder, all of them have a desire to ensure that clients are always at the forefront of company strategy and focus. our front page feature interview is with Rob De vos, Divisional managing Director for spaR lowveld, who oversees the company’s full range of logistical services for the south african region. Retaining competitive prices alongside clever advertising and brand promotion has allowed the company to expand into mozambique; with De vos keeping up with supply and demand of supermarket goods, wherever the store. on page 48, we have an interview with grant marais, Director of Communications and stakeholder Relations at swakop uranium. this mining giant is the owner of the world’s second largest uranium-only mine in namibia. uranium oxide is a good source of fuel for low cost, environmentally-friendly, nuclear power within the country and is widely seen as a potential fuel source for many years to come. Further, our oracle emea feature on page 78 presents a series of Q&a’s with some of the company’s top directors in product strategy, product development, security and identity solutions and many more key business idents. as always, the focus for oracle is on shaping the future of computerrelated technologies. In the front of the magazine is a business case study on mozambique-based movitel. additionally, we take a closer look at standard Bank’s recent study into the substantial growth of south africa’s middle class over the past 14 years. our regular investment profile takes a look at mozambique, whose economy remained one of the most dynamic on the continent in 2013, with a 7% rate of real gross domestic product (gDp) growth. with mozambique land-linked with south africa, it is little wonder that so many of the feature companies in this issue are venturing across the border to enjoy the strategic advantages so close to home. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” Matt Bone -John maxwell, american Editor, Outlook Publishing motivational speaker.
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