I know many people were quite surprised to learn that we recently acquired a controlling interest in a US based company, called Sheldon Technologies. Many people said, ‘ it’s not telecom and it’s not in Africa, so why are you interested?’
First of all, we might be from Africa, but we are a global company. We have operations and investments, in New Zealand, UAE, UK, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, to name a few none African countries. As Africans we are not going to be part of the global business world, until we are prepared to participate in it. I always encourage our executives to look for opportunities, for our group, anywhere in the world, including America. You have heard my mantra of “go where the need is greatest and help smallest”: clean drinking water is a great, great, need in the developing world: millions of children die needlessly every year, because of unclean water.
As an engineer, I love science. I eat, sleep and breath technology; always thinking about how we can solve problems. Nothing excites me more than when I see a highly complex technology like nano carbon fibre being used for everyday problems. Sheldon Technologies, the company we bought in America, produces a cutting edge technology which was initially conceived as a solution for use in high performance jet engines, but it could also clean water, even from a sewer and make it drinkable in a few minutes!
It is our vision to develop every day utensils, using this technology that will allow people in villages, and homes, around the world, to have clean drinking water. Watch this video from Sheldon Technologies to learn more
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa