Africa Media (AM) one of the two owners of Sheqafrica.com along with Chartered Health & Safety Management Services (CHSEMS), have embarked on a mission to empower local entrepreneurs in Namibia and Botswana to set up a joint-venture in each country responsible for the launch of Sheqafrica Local Editions.
Local Partners will own the majority share of the magazine and benefit from the advertising and marketing revenue each magazine will generate.
AM will continue to provide the IT infrastructure and editorial functions while local investors will be given an opportunity to provide funding for the setting up of various SHEQ related business ventures like training and consulting.
The Namibian magazine was launched a year ago but went onto the back-burner shortly after its inception due to a lack of expertise in the local SHEQ market.
Possible new partners have been approached in Namibia and announcements are due in a few weeks. Botswana will follow shortly thereafter, with Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria next in line.
Sheqafrica.com’s newly appointed editor, Jessica van Zyl, said that she was appointed to drive transformation and she will do so through entrepreneurship and education as one of the channels to not only transform the SHEQ industry as a whole, but also the level of awareness in EHS laws applicable to each of these countries.
“It is not that they don’t wear shoes, it is a matter of they don’t have shoes.” she said in reference to a story told at sales conferences. “People need information, localised, applicable information. It might be nice to know what goes on in other countries, but what is needed in ones own?”
AM plans to continue to build on the success of Sheqafrica.com and share their experience with all people of Africa.