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17 August, 2015 14:31

Africa is not for sissies. This seems to be one of the white African’s favourite sayings. It is said with a mix of pride of obviously not being one (a Sissy), since you were born there and a kind of warning to any non-African who might dare to think it’s all adventure, fun and relaxing with a cold beer in your hand. Any expat who has proved he is worthy, by having stayed at least a couple of years and not left screaming with his tail between his legs, is entitled to repeat the expression to newcomers or fellow non-sissies. Provided of course you have actually done, or tried to do, some business and not sat in a compound drinking gin and tonics and playing the odd round of golf or squash, only meeting Africans on your way to the office in your air-conditioned and chauffeured 4×4. Of course there are sissies in Africa. But they tend to stay in the larger cosmopolite cities, where the only difference with the civilized world is the temperature outside and the odd occurrence of the generator turning on when the electricity has decided to die off again.
For me, high highs and low lows better define the live a white dude like me will experience when living in Africa.

I once read that there are 3 types of expats in Africa. Those who love it and (want to) stay forever, those who after an initial high get into a depression hating everything African (including Africans), and finally, those who had an interesting time and are able to weigh the cons and pros. I hope I am one of the later.

My book is available at last.

Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Africa-not-sissies-David-Korver-ebook/dp/B00DHGIT0C

Paperback

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/149045635X

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Welcome to my page. My name is David A. Korver and I am a management consultant and proud husband and father of 3 daughters. Born in Harderwijk, The Netherlands, I moved to Portugal (Ericeira) at a young age, returning to the Netherlands to further my studies (Radboud University – Nijmegen followed by Webster University – Leiden). As a management consultant in the Netherlands I have worked for IBM Global Services Netherlands and CMG Finance for clients such as ING Treasury, ING Asset Management, Postbank and Elsevier Science.

After a couple of years we decided it was time for a new challenge and moved to Zimbabwe followed by Mozambique, where I worked as an organisational development advisor assisting private and public sector institutions for a Dutch international non-profit organization (SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation).

In 2008, I started a company, specializing in management consultancy and organizational development. After 10 years in Africa, we decided to moved back to the Netherlands mid 2011.

Presently I work as a location manager at COA.