May 20 2009

About “half-South Africans” Musk and Federer

Published by at 10:15 am under Companies,Top Stories

In my (slightly biased) view, the most important news item in today’s Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) was the 10% stake taken by Daimler in California-based electric car company Tesla, founded and managed by the ex-South African Elon Musk.

Firstly, because the deal has increased tremendously Musk’s chances of being right in the middle of things, when the clean car era finally breaks. (Not long now!)

But also, because the deal will finally wake South Africans up to the amazing Musk story.

Take a look at what Elon Musk has achieved in the first 37 years of his life (Wikipedia). And smile.   

There is something sad about getting all patriotic when “half-South Africans” (tennis star Roger Federer is another example) rise to great heights on the global stage, long after they’ve shaken the SA dust off their feet. (Federer has a South African mother and Musk a South African father.) 

But, that is what this blog (mostly) is about – it highlights the global achievements of business people who “got the goods to deliver” in South Africa and then moved on.   

PS. A tit-bit which might have gone unreported in SA…Roger Federer married on 11 April and is expecting (yes, yes) a boy. He married former Women’s Tennis Association player Miroslava “Mirka” Vavrinec.

They met while competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Vavrinec retired from the tour in 2002 because of a persistent foot injury and has since been working as Federer’s public relations manager. They married in Basel on 11 April 2009, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family at Wenkenhof Villa (municipality of Riehen).

On 17 May he nailed Raphael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in front of Nadal’s home crowd, to take the clay-court Madrid Open title. 

Reportedly, Federer is expecting a boy. In this department Musk (37) holds the title – he already has five sons.

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  1. adminon 08 Jun 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations to “half-South African” Roger Federer for winning the French Open yesterday, thereby equalling the record of Pete Sampras for the most Grand Slam wins, namely fifteen.

    Awesome stuff.


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