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Dec 02, 2005
John da SilvaBack
© Reuse this Full name: John da Silva
Position: CEO, Cosira group of companies
Main activity of the company: The Cosira Group is the largest privately-owned construction group in South Africa and specialises in the fabrication of structural steel, platework, conveyor steelwork and associated ancillary services for both the mining and general commercial sectors of the market
Date and place of birth: April 18, 1942, Pavoa de Varzim, Portugal
Education: Qualified tradesman
First job: Welder
Size of first pay packet: R150 a month, 1963
First job with present group: Founder and MD
Career history prior to current position: Not stated
Value of assets under your control: Not stated
Number of people under your leadership: 900-plus
Management style: Lead by example – be hands-on
Personal best achievement: Opening my own business
Professional best achievement: Present position
Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: My wife
Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Samuel Couzins, Cosine Engineering
Person whom you would most like to meet: Madiba
Businessperson who has impressed you most: Richard Branson
Philosophy of life: Leadership is action, not position
Biggest ever opportunity: Starting Cosira in 1988
Biggest ever disappointment: None
Hope for the future: To leave a legacy – see Cosira Group become a major global player
Favourite reading: Newspapers, management literature
Favourite TV programme: Sports, news
Favourite food/drink: Portuguese cuisine and good South African red wines
Favourite music: Classical
Favourite sport: Soccer, rugby
Favourite website: Not stated
Hobbies: Not stated
Pets: Two German Shepherds – Lobo and Tiger
Miscellaneous dislikes: People who are dishonest and without integrity
Favourite other South African company: Anglo Platinum
Favourite foreign company: Virgin
Married: Eva, November 27, 1966
Children: John, 37; Paul, 36; Manny, 33; Isabel, 24
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