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Full Name: Robert Alan Oswald
Position: MD of Robor Galvanizers
Main Activity of the Company: Hot-dip zinc galvanising
Date and Place of Birth: 1954, Sunderland, England
Education: A Levels, CA (SA)
First Job: Auditor at AJL Lewis Burroughs & Co
Size of First Pay Packet: R100 a month
Value of Assets under Your Control: Market capitalisation of R120-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 450
Management Style: Open-door and respect for individuals
Personal Best Achievement: Negotiating the management buyout of Robor out of Barloworld
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: John Gomersall (PPC)
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Mike Coward
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Nelson Mandela
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Eli Goldratt
Philosophy of Life: Treat others as you would like to be treated
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being appointed CFO of Robor
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not getting full buy-in to theory of constraints in company
Hope for the Future: That a way is found to increase productive jobs in South Africa before it is too late
Favourite Reading: African fiction and general business reading
Favourite TV Programme: All sport, Glee, Homeland
Favourite Food/Drink: Chicken/ beer and red wine
Favourite Music: All genres
Favourite Sport: Cricket and golf
Car: Lexus 300GS
Pets: Alsatian and cross Cairns terrier
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Foul language
Married: To Sally
Children: Bobby, 34; Graeme, 31; Kealy 28
Clubs: Roodepoort Country Club
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