I have been fortunate enough to know the splendor of the Mozambican soil, Mother land to my parents and ancestors. My first memories were of its pristine beaches, and the then Maputo, when we visited from South Africa on family holidays. When my parents moved to Beira in 1992, Mozambique became my second home. The Mozambique of today is significantly different to the Mozambique I remember back then, in fact it is hardly recognizable. After a devastating 16 years of civil war brought its economy, the country and its people to its knees, it is slowly but proudly rising out of the ashes to stake its claim as an African powerhouse. Yes – the African sun is once again shining its warm and powerful rays on this East African country. Though South Africa and Mozambique have had a long history of being regional economic partners, each time I return from Mozambique I am less and less convinced that South Africa is [optimally] capitalizing on both it's historic relationship with Mozambique and its neighbour's boom as an export destination for its domestic goods, services, capital and labour.