All part of doing business in the 'dark' continent. Thanks to this it will remain dark for a long time to come.
Theres so many different worlds
So many differents suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones
And then you can blame colonialism.....
Still, what disturbed me about this was the intervention of President Thabo Mbeki
Does Ol' Thabo understand any other way of doing business than bribery & corruption?
I hope MTN introduces a special contract type for Benin guavamental employees that is 500% inflated over the normal consumer & business contract types.
"Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien." FM Arouet
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
"Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience" Unknown
Ron White was right
There you go. That pretty much sums it up. Corruption is everywhere, but here in Africa - the "dark" continent - you cannot afford flagrant and complacent leadership that doesn't aim to elevate beyond, let's say, Western norms.All those conservative bankers who sign off on MTN’s debts are going to question business practices in a place they call “Africa” (despite the fact that Spain tried to pull the same trick some years back).
If you have a corrupt European official versus a corrupt African one, the latter will inevitably appear to be so much more deviant.
African stereotype 1 : African leadership 0.
This is how it will always be, the poor will continue to believe the propaganda, the middle class will fight the injustices and the fat cats will continue their corruption. The poor being the majority and thus sadly the wheel keeps turning. Welcome to Africa friends.
I laugh at this story...
MTN blackmailed me once, so I feel 'karma' got the better of them
(I was only blackmailed for R360 though... took alot of fighting until MTN gave up and set things right, as we went to the newspapers)... none-the-less in the big picture, MTN only got what it deserves
anytime anyone wants to er *cough* 'blackmail' me so that I can make billions, be my guest.
"How do you keep an ANC official sober?
You ask them to run a piss-up in a brewery."
Bruce Gorton, TheTimes
Welcome to South Africa...
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