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I’m SAD that a good friend of mine will soon pack up her bags and leave South Africa, possibly for good. She arrived in the country about seven years ago, full of excitement for two things.

The first was the opportunity to finally experience this country in person and scratch out a long-standing hot entry from her bucket list - to live in Cape Town. Like me, she’s an outdoors enthusiast of note. I can argue with little fear of being contradicted that when the universe carved up Cape Town – carefully lining up its chains of mountains led by the iconic Table Mountain, its many lagoons and rivers, all sights to behold, and positioning the Mother City in the middle of one of the world’s most richly endowed floral kingdoms – it had outdoor enthusiasts in mind.

My friend is also an engineer who works in the energy sector. She came here to head up a global company in the growing renewable energy sector. This was the second thing that she had been excited about. Just over a year ago, South Africa had been successfully positioning itself as a nascent global, and certainly continental, leader in the development of the renewable energy sector.

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