Position: Executive director (distribution).
Main activity of the company: Eskom is the seventh-largest electricity utility in the world and generates, transmits and distributes 95% of the electricity in South Africa.
Date and place of birth: February 23, 1960, Magakala, Northern Transvaal.
Education: Matriculated at Setotolwane High School, Pietersburg, 1979; BSc Engineering (Electrical) University of the Witwatersrand, 1985; Government Certificate of Competency, 1991; Advanced Management Programme, Harvard.
First job: Western Deep Levels, Junior Electrical Engineer, January 1, 1986.
Size of first pay packet: R1 700 a month.
First job with present group: Eskom Distribution technical manager, December 1995.
Value of assets under your control: R16,6-billion.
Number of people under your leadership: 15 424.
Management style: Allowing leaders to develop. I want people to develop their leadership skills within the environment they operate in and allow myself to be led; participative style with the emphasis on teamwork.
Personal best achievement: Current job.
Professional best achievement: Contributing to the re-engineering of the distribution business. The salient points being totally changing the business architecture of distribution from a more manual unintegrated to automated integrated systems.
Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: My parents.
Person has had the biggest influence on your career: Lot Ndlovu, former president of the Black Management Forum - His views around the contribution you can make in transforming an organisation and his focus on how to influence and make a difference.
Person who you would most like to meet: Stephen Covey. His focus on developing leaders and the way he projects leadership.
Businessperson who has impressed you the most: Bill Gates.
Philosophy of life: Make a contribution, make a difference.
Biggest ever opportunity: Joining Eskom.
Biggest ever disappointment: Did not exploit my sporting talents in my youth.
Hope for the future: We must move away from the notion that the world owes us, move to saying it is possible to be one of the best nations in the world - My hope for the future is the realisation that we can do it and do it for ourselves.
Favourite reading: Self-improvement books.
Favourite TV programme: Sports programmes.
Favourite food/drink: Any natural food.
Favourite music: Jazz, opera, blues.
Favourite sport: Soccer.
Car: Freelander (Land Rover).
Miscellaneous dislikes: Negative people.
Favourite other SA company: Didata.
Favourite foreign company: Microsoft and GE.
Married: Vuvu Pemba, January 18, 1992.
Children: Sello, 9; Kopano, 7; Palesa, 1.