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Wicus Pretorius

1st February 2019

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Wicus Pretorius

Position: Founder of Wictra Holdings and group CEO since 1998

Main Activity of the Company: The repair, refurbishment and building of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London.

Date and Place of Birth: September 13, 1949, Pretoria

Education: BSc (mechanical engineering), University of Pretoria; strategic management, University of Stellenbosch

First Job: Assistant engineer, South African Railways & Harbours (SAR&H)

Career History Prior to Current Position: Assistant mechanical engineer: electric traction, SAR&H; assistant regional manager: Port Elizabeth, and regional manager: Kimberley South African Transport Services; CEO PX, Transnet; cofounder of HRP Distribution Services; and founder and CEO of Rolling Stock Repair Services (East London)

Size of First Pay Packet: R325 a month

First Job with Present Group: Founder member of Wictra Consultants cc, which subsequently changed to Wictra Holdings

Value of Assets under Your Control: About R300-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 400

Management Style: Authoritative and caring

Personal Best Achievement: Establishing Rolling Stock Repair Services and Wictra Holdings by the grace of God

Professional Best Achievement: Jointly designing, developing and patenting the brake system for the Ermelo–Richards Bay heavy-haul coal trains

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My parents

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dr Anton Moolman, who was MD during my tenure at Transnet, and my wife, Petra, who encouraged me to start my own business

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Not stated

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Brand Pretorius (no relation), for his integrity and humane management

Philosophy of Life: Perseverance: “Don’t give up and don’t give in, until you have really tried” – Patience Strong

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Meeting Nelson Mandela on his eighty-fifth birthday

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not stated

Hope for the Future: The local manufacture of all railway rolling stock: locomotives, coaches and wagons

Reading: Biographies

Favourite TV Programme: Sports channels

Favourite Food/Drink: T-bone steak, whiskey and soda

Favourite Music: Varied, including Elvis Presley rock and light classical

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Favourite Website:

Hobbies: Game breeding (I am a director of Wildlife Ranching South Africa), bird watching and hunting

Car: Mercedes-Benz E63S AMG

Pets: I love dogs and cats

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Ignorance

Favourite Other South African Company: Naspers

Favourite Foreign Company: Porsche AG

Married: To Petra, since December 15, 1972

Children: Stefan, 44; Hannes, 40; Thinus, 38. I am privileged to have all three my sons involved in managing our businesses

Clubs: Virgin Active; South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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