Julião Saique touches the accelerator pedal and carefully nudges his car into a gap in the heavy Luanda traffic.
“Traffic in Luanda is terrible,” says Saique, who was a driver when he joined Maersk Line. “You have to be very patient and also focus on the street. Everyone wants to be early at work, so it’s like first come, first served. “
His talent and ambition quickly shone through, and just over a decade later he is the accounts receivable manager for Angola. However, he still has to find a way through the notorious traffic every morning and evening.
“The only job available was as a driver. I said ok, I’ll go – why not? So I started driving the finance manager, taking him from home to work, and dealing with bank issues and delivering letters.”
The right attitude
Angola’s economy has boomed in the 13 years since the end of its civil war thanks to its oil revenues. Now, the country needs people like Saique to advance their education, skills and experience to help reinforce its growth and development.