Obama Africa Visit Could Boost Local Economy

When a famous foreign leader or celebrity visits a factory, hotel or restaurant, the effect is usually great for business. U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to South Africa this weekend could have a similar impact on the local economy.

In 2006, then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama paid a visit to Petite Designs, a Soweto furniture company owned by Issy Penniken.

“It was a great privilege to have Senator Obama come and visit,” Penniken said. “It opened my eyes. It got us to meet …

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