Sep 07, 2012
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Position: MD of Magnet
Main Activity of the Company: Magnet is a supplier of electrical components to industry and lighting solutions to industry and commerce. It also implements turnket energy efficient projects for the industrial and commercial sectors
Date and Place of Birth: August 9, 1957, Durban
Education: A diploma in electrical engineering and a government certificate of competence
First Job: Learner technical assistant at Durban Electricity
Career History Prior to Current Position: Assistant section engineer at Durban Electricity
Size of First Pay Packet: R 215 a month
First Job with Present Group: Sales director
Value of Assets under Your Control: R80-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 106
Management Style: Participatory, directing and entrepreneurial
Personal Best Achievement: Participating in the Duzi, Comrades and Mountain Bike races
Professional Best Achievement: Building Magnet into a successful business and being able to create jobs for so many people
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother, Janice
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My father, Ernest
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Lance Armstrong
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Not stated
Philosophy of Life: Live every day as if it is your last
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Energy saving in South Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Dishonest people in business
Hope for the Future: That there is free high-quality education – including tertiary education – for all
Favourite Reading: Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Ken Follett
Favourite TV Programme: Sport and Piers Morgan Tonight
Favourite Food/Drink: Pasta and Thai/whiskey
Favourite Music: All types
Favourite Sport: Golf, mountain biking and scuba diving
Favourite Website: Google, Wikipedia
Hobbies: Computers, gadgets and photography
Car: Range Rover Sport
Pets: Two pugs
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Arrogant people who know it all and taxi drivers who think they own the road
Favourite Other South African Company: South African Breweries and Bidvest
Favourite Foreign Company: Virgin
Married: To Colette, since 1981
Children: Nicole, 26; Monique, 24
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