As the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, reaches its climax J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a moment to contemplate what it all means for South Africa.
But first, as always, a small story. Some years ago, while the writer was working in Lagos, Nigeria, he became friends with a small group of young South African businesspeople – African, white, Indian – all trying their luck in Lagos. They had moved there because, to them, South Africa had become too tame and too predictable, and so somewhere else, something rather less tame, seemed to offer a better chance for fame and fortune.
While we were together in Lagos, a couple of them flew to Monrovia, Liberia to see what the opportunities might be like for them over in a still-more challenging terrain. But, once they returned, and everyone had gathered for dinner and everyone had had a round or two of beer, one of them looked up, and he began to describe the precise nature of their Liberian business negotiations. He then said a little too quietly, “They all had guns on the table, big ones.” While Lagos was perfectly fine as far as business challenges went, for some, it seemed…
Source : Daily Maverick