Phillip Van Niekerk is the President of Calabar Africa, a consulting company that operates through sub-Saharan Africa. In a previous life he spent 20 years as a journalist in South Africa, working as an Africa correspondent for the London Observer and Editor of the Mail&Guardian from 1996 to 2000.
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