Why Masiyiwa will not sell Econet Wireless

Tech Financials

Every year I get approaches from big international companies who want to buy the whole of Econet from me. Some of these offers are usually very generous in their valuations. From a business principle, there is nothing wrong with such approaches. It happens all the time around the world, Strive Masiyiwa, founder of Econet Wireless Group, said on his Facebook page.

There is only one reason I would never sell, and that is because we do not yet have enough high profile multinationals built by Africans, to which young Africans can look to and say to themselves, “yes we can.. we Africans are able to build enterprises which can operate in the global environment!” For the next stage of Africa’s unstoppable march to prosperity this is very important.

Can you imagine Japan without its own Toyotas, or America without Coca Cola? What makes you think Africans do not also want to look up and see large African enterprises? Companies like Econet are there as a beacon to a new generation of African enterprise builders who have dreams to build global companies that will also create wealth for their continent.

Over the next decade, African companies like us will mushroom all over the continent and become global champions; and they will not just be from South Africa, you will see them come from A to Z: Angola to Zimbabwe. There will be global multinationals, in my life time that will come from Malawi, Liberia, and Rwanda. And these companies will operate with the highest standards of ethics, even better than the best of the best today. Even as I am talking young Africans, are beginning to do it; they are thinking big, and without limitations.

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  • It makes sense not to sell. Look Vodacom is owned by foreigners and all the money goes back to Britain. Neotel by Tata and dividends flow to India. Masiyiwa is right we need to create Africans institutions that we will be proud of. I am already proud of Econet.

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