Position: Managing director of Putco since July this year.
Main activity of the company: Passenger transport.
Date and place of birth: February 23, 1961, Kwazulu-Natal.
Education: B.Comm, University of Durban Westville, 1996; LLB and postgraduate diploma in management, University of Natal, both in 1999; and in the process of obtaining a Masters degree in Business Leadership through University of South Africa.
First job: Wage clerk, KZT, 1981.
Size of first pay packet: Cannot remember.
First job with present group: New business development manager, 1999.
Value of assets under your control: About R294-million.
Number of people under your leadership: 4 174.
Management style: Co-operative and situational.
Personal best achievement: I came from humble beginnings and my parents could not afford to send me to university. I worked from the time I left matric, and managed to get an education along the way.
Professional best achievement: MD of Putco.
Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: Various people in various circumstance have influenced the way I view things and how I do things.
Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: I cannot name one person, but I think that the biggest influence on my career has been my determination to succeed.
Person you would most like to meet: Fidel Castro, because he is a strong character who has overcome many obstacles and appears to be able to learn.
Businessperson who has impressed you most: Cyril Ramaphosa.
Philosophy of life: If you work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Biggest ever opportunity: Being the MD of Putco.
Biggest ever disappointment: The economic cloud hanging over South Africa. This country has a great deal of potential which as yet remains untapped.
Hope for the future: Economic justice for the previously-disadvantaged individuals in our society.
Favourite reading: My academic books. I am currently studying, which means there is little time for any recreational reading.
Favourite TV programme: Any sports programmes.
Favourite food/drink: Chicken.
Favourite music: Afro-Jazz.
Favourite sport: Soccer.
Miscellaneous dislikes: None.
Favourite other South African company: Anglo American.
Favourite foreign company: Boeing.
Married: Phumla (n