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Sep 14, 2012

Ralf Belka

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Full Name: Ralf Belka

Position: MD of Clyde Bergemann Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Supplying systems and solutions for the energy services market

Date and Place of Birth: October 16, 1967, Düren, Germany

Education: Mechanical engineering (specialising in energy and environmental engineering, University of Aachen, April 1992

First Job: Mechanical site manager on a turnkey combined-cycle plant for Siemens

Career History Prior to Current Position: I joined Clyde Bergemann Africa from Hitachi Power Africa, where I was head of construction for the Medupi and Kusile projects. Before that, I worked at Steinmüller Africa as director of manufacturing

Size of First Pay Packet: The equivalent of R25 000 a month

First Job with Present Group: MD in South Africa since the beginning of this month

Value of Assets under Your Control: About R100-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 98

Management Style: Open-door – building a strong team and being a team player, coaching and mentoring, and setting targets

and striving to reach them

Personal Best Achievement: Being together with my wife for almost 25 years, being married for over 18 years and raising two healthy boys

Professional Best Achievement: Setting up a department and team that successfully executed a coal-fired boiler project

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: A farmer who was a father figure to me when I was growing up. I learnt a lot and developed a sense for adventure in life

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My wife, Celine

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The Dalai Lama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Steve Jobs

Philosophy of Life: Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life (from Harvey Mackay)

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Working in South Africa, a country with enormous potential

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Insolvency of a previous employer

Hope for the Future: That I participate in the development of South Africa

Favourite Reading: Thrillers (David Baldacci and Robert Ludlum)

Favourite TV Programme: News in the morning and in the evening

Favourite Food/Drink: Meals cooked by my wife/coke and good Italian cappucino

Favourite Music: Modern pop and hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Favourite Sport: Golf and fitness

Favourite Website: FNB online banking

Hobbies: Experiencing South Africa, game drives and off-road driving

Car: Toyota Fortuner

Pets: A cat named James

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Fresh coriander

Favourite Other South African Company: Not stated

Favourite Foreign Company: Apple

Married: To Celine Gruendgens since January 7, 1994

Children: Henrik, 17; Leon, 12

Clubs: Planet Fitness

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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