Here’s why Tesla and SpaceX don’t have Pretoria headquarters
Musk became an entrepreneur in the US, not in SA, and there are many reasons for that
South Africans like to claim credit for Elon Musk, the eccentric but brilliant business magnate and industrialist. Local media proudly tout his native origins — always describing him as South African-born — and ordinary South Africans like to think that his success, like that of the World Cup-winning Springboks, is rooted in South African characteristics: sheer bloody-mindedness, grit, perseverance and mental toughness.
But we need a reality check. We need to ask ourselves what role SA really played in facilitating his success. The answer is, not much...