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Feb 12, 2010

Business Leader Zulch Lötter

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Full Name: Johannes Bernard Zulch Lötter


Position: President, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and MD, UWP Consulting

Main Activity of the Company: Cesa aims to create a healthy business environment for its members, while simultaneously campaigning for the operation, maintenance and provision of appropriate infrastructure in South Africa

Date and Place of Birth: March 21, 1948, Worcester, Western Cape

Education: BSc, Bachelor of Engineering, University of Stellenbosch; Master of Science in transportation engineering, University of California 


First Job: Research engineer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Transportec


Career History Prior to Current Position: Worked at the CSIR, Vela VKE (where I was seconded) and UWP since 1973


Size of First Pay Packet: R325 a month


First Job with Present Group: Traffic engineer

Value of Assets under Your Control: R200-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 300

Management Style: Consultative 


Personal Best Achievement: I stopped smoking at 22:30 on January 23, 1984

Professional Best Achievement: Leading a team to develop UWP into a respected and recognised consulting practice in Southern Africa

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life:
• Human relationships: my psychologist friend, Dr Francois Hugo – who made it easy

• Commercial matters: Andre la Grange’s common sense

• The ultimate influence: my wise wife, Marilien

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My friend and mentor, Frans Prins, who was also my boss for 26 years


Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela


Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Dr Anton Rupert


Philosophy of Life: To look at life through the eyes of those I deal with and to not treat people as objects


Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being privileged to lead a team of great professionals


Biggest Ever Disappointment: Fortunately, no big ones


Favourite Reading: Biographies

Edited by: Brindaveni Naidoo
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