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A Venture in Africa: The Challenges of African Business by Andrew Sardanis PDF

By Andrew Sardanis

ISBN-10: 1435603966

ISBN-13: 9781435603967

ISBN-10: 1845112881

ISBN-13: 9781845112882

A brilliant own historical past of the a global company occupation. A enterprise in Africa takes the reader in the course of the twists and turns of doing enterprise with African states and leaders within the turbulent Nineteen Seventies and later. Drawing on his lengthy event of recent Africa and foreign company, Sardanis portrays the crises, mess ups and personalities he has encountered within the continent. He indicates how the previous Africa of corruption, despotism and nepotism is being changed by means of a brand new Africa within which a emerging new release of industrial leaders is rising -- with sensible technical talents and loose from the post-colonial mentality. A highly exciting and wonderful tale which indicates that Africa, regardless of the undesirable press, provides an immensely vital and a wealthy resource of business possibilities for the winning businessman.

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We employed expatriates in jobs where there was no local expertise. Occasionally we had to deviate from this rule when the main clients were foreign companies, which in those days did not take African executives seriously, as was the case with the mining companies of Zambia, even after the Zambian mines came under government control. Localisation had been my philosophy all along and I was at pains to explain to my associates that it was not starry-eyed. It was based on the common-sense point of view that local people have an intuitive knowledge of their market place, which foreigners need decades to absorb, because of their different cultural background and because expatriate life is insulated from local realities.

Shivers went down my spine. Instead of helping Danae to move house, I had visions of myself in an Angolan jail for trying to smuggle an unauthorised American out of the country. But they were either not very clever or not very literate. The American who had been in Angola the year before, had an exit permit from his previous visit. They did not notice the difference in the dates and we got away with it. We worked as contractors to Diamang, for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the earth-moving equipment.

The American who had been in Angola the year before, had an exit permit from his previous visit. They did not notice the difference in the dates and we got away with it. We worked as contractors to Diamang, for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the earth-moving equipment. Mining was carried out by a company called Mining and Technical Services (MATS), a publicly unacknowledged subsidiary of De Beers. Despite the distrust and dislike of each other the South African diamond mining colossus was running Angola’s diamond industry under contract to Diamang, a company nationalised and owned 100% by the Marxist government of Angola.

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