We’re living in grim times and you’re in our thoughts, together with the business and broader Mzansi community, as we face unprecedented professional and personal challenges, much like the rest of the world.

When the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was declared, DESTINY MAN – like many other businesses – had to work from home. Our fourth issue has been produced from the homes of our editorial staff in Johannesburg and our contributors across the nine provinces of the country.

I’m grateful for and immensely proud of the work our contributors are submitting in these trying conditions. We all need positive distraction in times of uncertainty, which is why we’ve continued delivering curated articles about entrepreneurs, art, books, film, fashion, travel, motoring and all the other topics we normally cover in our printed editions. Things may continue this way for the foreseeable future and we’ll carry on bringing you exclusive profile stories and in-depth features, keeping our promise to serve you empowering content.

While our economy reels, endures, re-imagines and reinvents itself, we’ll remain the quintessential modern businessman’s resource for all things savvy, stylish and saucy. Despite our recent move to Level 4 status, we remain under strict lockdown, effectively keeping significant parts of the business and working community grounded.

Notably, this is the first issue where we don’t have a “çover star”. It took some back and forth internally to realise that this unprecedented period in our lives required something with unusual gravitas. Yet, while it’s candid and outspoken, this lockdown issue is by no means unremittingly bleak. Most of its stories reflect hope, inspiration and fortitude amid the malaise.

We’ll continue bringing you topical, bold and profitable content on our website and digital social platforms (while we monitor our return to print as things open up). We remain committed to producing more of our acclaimed video interviews, keeping conversations between each other alive and visiting distinguished and talented men and women around the country.

If you haven’t already done so, let me encourage you to sign up for our digital subscription packages. You’ll get access to all our content, together with the option of reading e-paper editions of DESTINY MAN if our printing or distribution channels are affected.

Despite the current sense of displacement we’re all experiencing, the silver lining is that we’re doing so together. That sense of community and consciousness of each other is what will bring us all through this to a happier, healthy outcome. This, too, shall pass. Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and others, stay safe and let compassion guide you.