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Jul 13, 2012

Pieter Bezuidenhout

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Full Name: Pieter Johannes Bezuidenhout

Position: MD of SMS Siemag South Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Engineering and manufacturing and supply of plant, equipment and services to the steel, ferroalloy and nonferrous metals industries

Date and Place of Birth: November 1, 1970, Cape Town

Education: Matric, Hoërskool Durbanville, 1988; BCom, University of Johannesburg (UJ), 1995; BCom (Hon), 1996; Chartered Institute of Management Accounting, 1997; South African Institute of Professional Accountants, 1999; MBA, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, 2001

First Job: Formal – teller at FNB; informal – petrol attendant
Career History: I joined SMS Siemag in 2007 as commercial manager and was appointed acting MD in 2008 and MD in 2009

Size of First Pay Packet: About R1 100 a month

First Job with Present Group: Commercial manager

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under Your Leadership: 17

Management Style: Consultative and participative

Personal Best Achievement: My two children, but this is still work in progress

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, my wife and my two children

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Till Schreiter, Jens Haupt and Viola Frenyo

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Donald Trump

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Alan Knott-Craig

Philosophy of Life: Work hard and play hard, but make sure you are adding value and having fun

Biggest Ever Disappointment: None

Hope for the Future: That we, as South Africans, can develop and establish a culture in our country that is nondiscriminatory and merit based and reflects respect for diversity

Favourite Reading: Technical publications and autobiographies of great achievers

Favourite TV Programme: Sport and animation movies with my children

Favourite Food/Drink: Chops on the braai with a cold beer or good red wine

Favourite Music: From Lady Gaga to Kurt Darren

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Favourite Website:

Hobbies: Various sports

Car: Audi A4

Pets: A dog named Thor and cat named Skye

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Dishonesty and a lack of integrity

Favourite Other South African Company: Autoquip

Favourite Foreign Company: Microsoft

Married: To Kim (Kempken) since November 24, 2007

Children: Rory, almost 4; Kara, almost 2

Clubs: None

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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