March 2017 – This is the Call to Stand Together

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It’s been a very sad week in South Africa, but we refuse to give up hope. We urge South Africans across the world to come together and stand united in the face of uncertainty. We need to make our voices heard. Read more below.

Talent is the 5th biggest challenge businesses face in Africa, according to a recent survey conducted by The Economist. We examine why diaspora and local talent are so critical to organisations across the continent.

The above figure makes it clear why the continent needs your skills now more than ever. Make sure you have a look at our selection of job opportunities across the continent. If you’re an employer looking for top professional skills, please get in touch.

Be sure to check out how we strengthened our Pan-African network this month.

We hope you have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards
The Homecoming Revolution Team

This is the call to come together, united we shall stand
It’s been a sad week in South Africa with the loss of struggle stalwart Uncle Kathy (Ahmed Kathrada). At Kathrada’s funeral there was a standing ovation when former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe quoted the struggle stalwart’s letter urging President Jacob Zuma to resign.

We are a very special nation. As Professor Jonathan Jansen put it so eloquently: “Show me another country where the Anglican Archbishop prays at a Muslim funeral; where a white man chairs the proceedings to remember a leader from a black liberation movement; where a sitting president of a developing country is told to step down in a letter from the deceased stalwart of his own party; where the widow of the black man being buried is a white woman who gave her life to the struggle for freedom; and where Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths come together in a broad swathe of South African humanity to remember a man who fought for all of us. Where on and off the stage no one racial or ethnic or religious group dominated the event. For a moment, just a moment, it felt good to hope again.”

As we write this, we are witnessing South Africans from all sides reeling from Zuma’s decision to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. But, at the same time, we are also seeing South Africans from all walks of life uniting in their anger and frustration. These are the sounds for us all to come together and stand united for a country that we all love so wholeheartedly.

We refuse to let one man hold our country to ransom. Our country stands at a precipice and we call on South Africans from all over the world to be active citizens and make your voices heard in whatever way possible.  Let’s come together and ensure our country is not taken to the dark side by corrupt politicians who are solely out to serve their own corrupt agendas.

 

Our heart goes out to you Pravin Gordhan, thank you for working so hard to build our beautiful country #heartAfrica

 

Talent remains key issue for business success in Africa
Hot off the press is the Economist’s 2017 African Business Outlook Survey sponsored by Bain & Company which revealed that sourcing quality talent is in the top 5 biggest challenges firms face in Africa.

Companies continue to grapple with issues related to finding people with appropriate skills and getting the balance right between local and expatriate staff. There is no doubt that using local talent is the ideal and this is why Homecoming Revolution’s work is so important: we help companies repatriate local talent with global exposure.

Comments Richard Napier, CEO of Saint Gobain: “Finding the right talent with the right skills is the biggest challenge we find in the manufacturing industry on the continent. Our key focus is to source local talent. We are not keen to parachute in expatriate talent as they are expensive, they don’t understand the local environment and are not very robust in the way they operate in those environments because after a while, they throw their hands up and leave.”

Grant Philips, CEO Africa Region at TransUnion says “We don’t have any expatriates. We don’t think it works. I find that local teams on the ground, which are able to connect with local networks are very effective.”

Adeniyi Adeleye, Head of Real Estate West Africa at Stanbic says, “The team that works in West Africa is all local.”

Comments Angel Jones, CEO of Homecoming Revolution, “Globally experienced talent bring a unique combination of local community understanding, widely spread relationships and global expertise. What’s more, people return home with a renewed sense of passion for their homeland and it is important that employers provide roles that have a sense of impact. Employers should also provide ‘Settling In’ benefits and a clear career path to ensure that candidates don’t just use them as a soft landing spot in the short-term.”

Economist Africa Event
This month we attended the Regional Strategic Forecast hosted by the Economist Group focusing on Africa’s commercial performance. The event brought together top African Executives working across the continent.

Vittorio Massone (Managing Partner at Bain & Company) & Angel Jones
Sizwe Nxedlana (Chief Economist at FNB)
Herman Warren (Africa Director at the Economist)
Pratibha Thaker (Editorial Director MEA at the Economist)
Sipho Pityana (Chairman at AngloGold Ashanti)
Richard Napier (CEO Saint Gobain), Herman Warren (Africa Director at The Economist), Chris Clarkson (Regional Head CIB Africa Standard Bank) & Fabrice Franzen (Partner & Director – Bain & Co)
FinTech Africa event on the Future of Payments
We attended Fintech Africa where industry experts gathered to discuss the advances and opportunities in the African electronic payments industry.

Ruddy Mukwamu (CEO of Maxicash), Khosi Mtetwa (Homecoming Revolution Recruitment Consultant) & Evans Musodza (Founder & CEO of Veneka)
Khosi Mtetwa & Thys Bruwer (Director at Deloitte)
Khosi Mtetwa & Dakshesh Patel (Chairman & CEO Zympay)
Some of the keynote speakers at the Event
Penny Ntshingila (Homecoming Revolution Recruitment Consultant) & Ashik Ramkelawan (Media Sales Manager at CFO)
Farzam Ehsani (Leader of RMB’s Blockchain Initiative), Khosi Mtetwa & Graham Fehrsen (MD CFO South Africa)
A Selection of Job Opportunities
We are recruiting for top roles across a variety of sectors across the continent. Ensure we have your details by uploading your CV & please spread the word to your friends & family.

MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference 2017
Talented African Homecomers
Please get in touch if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:

South African & Ghanaian Dual Citizen –Business Development Executive focusing on electronic payments

South African Female – Vice President: Strategy  working in Financial Services

Nigerian Male – Top Tier Banking & Financial Services Specialist

South African Female – Business Manager working in Management Consulting

Kenyan Female – Development Management Specialist focusing on Advisory

South African & Nigerian Dual Citizen – Senior Data Analytics Executive with an MBA in Corporate Finance – Wants to Return home from New York

Nigerian Male – Business Development Executive with strong media experience

Ugandan Female – Seasoned Pan-African Development Advisor

Homecomer Stories: Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa
NIGERIA

“I wanted to bring up my children in my home country”.

Efe Adefulu speaks about her 3 main inspirations for returning to Nigeria with her young family.

Firstly, I wanted to bring up my children in my home country, I truly cherished my upbringing and I desired…Read more.

KENYA

‘Cubicle life wasn’t for me’

Umra Omar, 33, left a career in the United States to help those without any access to healthcare in her homeland of Kenya.

Border areas targeted by the terrorist group al-Shabaab have caused aid groups to leave the region. But despite…Read more.

SOUTH AFRICA

The most difficult part of moving home was what I felt I had left behind.

Terri-Anne Boers is a physiotherapist and mum of two. Four years ago she moved from London back to her home town of Johannesburg, and experienced all the ups and downs of repatriation.

In 2004, after four years studying Physiotherapy in Cape Town…Read more.

#HeartAfrica Campaign
Share your captured #heartAfrica moment with us on our social media platforms.

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