South Africa

I arrived in Jo’burg in 1995. Nelson Mandela had just become president the previous year, apartheid had recently ended and many people were leaving the country. It was a wonderful moment in history and a dynamic and exciting environment to operate in as South Africa shook off 50 years of apartheid and joined the global community. My partner and I began importing food products into South Africa and we would remain in business there for 5 years, until priced out of the market by duty increases and a devaluation in the local currency.