Night on the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Our location is not far from the Indian Ocean Coast in South Africa. The sky overhead is filled with stars. A group of five of us is traveling back to the lodge in an open jeep after imbibing several Sundowners (champagne, wine, coffee spiked with local spirits).
In recent months, there has been a series of strikes in mining operations across the country that has dragged down the country's output massively. Industrial production fell by a whopping 7% in Q1 of this year and the on-going dispute between the unions and multinational mining operations over pay looks to drag on in perpetuity.
The British Government's decision to end aid to South Africa reflects a misunderstanding of the current state of global poverty which threatens to undermine development efforts so far. Clearly, these countries have not eradicated poverty. If wealthy countries are to contribute to development and the end of poverty, we must stop ignoring inequality.
There is something magical about riding a wave. It's that feeling of walking on air, adrenaline pumping, and yet somehow completely peaceful. Once you've done it once you understand why it's so addictive. So if you want a little taste of surf heaven, pack your wetsuit and your board and get ready to hit the waves of some of the greatest surfing spots around the world.
Like Justine Greening, I can't understand the arguments made by some against spending 0.7% of GNI to relieve suffering overseas. They should remember that 7p in every £10 is a small slice of our national income when compared with the spectre of people dying unnecessarily, living without access to education or even clean water.