Mike Higley, FedEx’s vice-president for Southern Africa, is originally from Atlanta in the US but has been living in SA for five years, ever since the logistics company bought out its local partner, Supaswift, and set up shop here.Despite what Higley terms the "negative press" around SA at the moment, he describes the country as "phenomenal"."My wife and I have had an opportunity to leave several times and we haven’t. We love it," he says. And, he adds, the business opportunities in SA are still immense — despite the grim headlines of 29% unemployment, growth of less than 1%, and service delivery strikes."Look, there is always risk in business," says Higley. "But there is more optimism here than there are risks right now. Sure there are challenges, but there are also great things going on in this country."It’s a sentiment that prompted FedEx, which launched in Memphis in 1973, to do something this week it hasn’t ever done before: land its first 777 aircraft in SA, as part of a sched...

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