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Dec 02, 2005

John da Silva

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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

Car: Jaguar

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

Clubs: None

Edited by: Martin Creamer
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