May you forgive me for starting early the avalanche of end-of-year greetings, but keeping you abreast with the many events of the past weeks seems more important than CRM etiquette.

Yet again, we have a new Minister. Malusi Gigaba resigned from his post following increasing pressure for President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace him, due to various political and personal embarrassments, a Constitutional Court judgment confirming that he had lied under oath, and a public protector recommendation to take action against him. The newly appointed Home Affairs Minister is Siyabonga Cwele. He has served as Minister of Intelligence and Minister of State Security, which suggests that his focus may be more on securing the borders than on attracting investment. At least, parliament’s portfolio committee on Home Affairs has announced it will work with Minister Cwele specifically on boosting tourism and facilitating investment, amongst other issues. Besides, the general elections are only 6 months away, and another change may well be on the cards then.

Before the year closes, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you for your trust, collaboration and support throughout 2018. Wishing you a pleasant rest of the year and a happy festive season. May you be blessed with time for yourself, family and friends, allowing you to start 2019 fresh and full of energy.

Julia Willand