I posted an email here some time ago re a job offer a friend is making me. Yesterday he was in Durban, where he attended a long workshop with the representatives from the Bill Gates foundation, some German Bankers, a contingent from Brazil, and some from Peru. The discussions were around manufacture and supply of the shit processing machine.
It seems that this thing is gaining momentum at a rapid pace, and hopefully, they will be placing an order for around 100 machines shortly. If they do, I'm away from here like a bullet. I will have to project manage the manufacturing and then the installation of these.
Have already worked on the scope. There is currently a single source of manufacture. I would keep it that way, however, get most of the pastes manufactured by other engineering companies, and do mainly final build in the current factory. Once the parts start to arrive, we could probably produce a finished product a day. So, from placing of order, 3 - 6 weeks for manufacture, then build, probably a turn around of 6 months to complete 100 machines.
In the event this number grows, I would consider doing part manufacturing in the East. Cheaper and probably faster. Ultimately, I really want to get into this business.
I sms'ed him yesterday "I hope you get a nice big order quickly, as I need to get away from this shit". His response was, "Away from virtual shit, into the real stuff - but at least it will come with more money" - Now that's what I like to hear!
So, I'm biding my time, and biting my tongue, and keeping most people happy whilst I'm still here, but I hope it's not for too long.