What do pink plastic pearls have to do with unemployment, especially for our children?
For the answer, go to the Hosea Kutako Airport in Windhoek or the Sir Sereste Khama Airport in Gaborone, or just about any other airport in Africa and, three or four times a week, you will witness a strange phenomenon — a large number of people checking in for an Ethiopian Airlines flight but they will not be carrying luggage, not even carry-on baggage.
If you ask them why, you will find out that they are not going to Addis Ababa per se but instead are catching a connecting flight to Guangzhou in southern China.
In 2017, you could get a return ticket to Guangzhou with Ethiopian Airlines for about $800 from Windhoek. On top of that, Ethiopian Airlines threw in 45kg of free luggage plus another seven as cabin luggage.
The travellers are Africa’s new generation of millennial traders.
Source: Mail & Guardian
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