Tebogo Raaleka

22nd November 2019 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Tebogo Raaleka

Full Name: Tebogo Immaculate Raaleka

Position: National product specialist: structural steels

Main Activity of the Company: Macsteel is a manufacturer, merchandiser and distributor of steel and value-added steel products

Date and Place of Birth: April 13, 1986, Soweto, Johannesburg

Education: BSc (Eng) (civil engineering), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), 2007; MDP, Stellenbosch University Business School, 2009; GDE (industrial engineering), Wits, 2011; MBA (cum laude), Wits Business School, 2017

First Job: Candidate engineer, Aurecon

Career History Prior to Current Position: Engineering sales manager, Macsteel Trading; group business development manager, Macsteel Service Centres

Size of First Pay Packet: A R8 000 one-off payment for two weeks' vacation work that I did during my second year at Wits

First Job with Present Group: Engineering sales manager

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under Your Leadership: I manage project teams of variying sizes on a project-by-project basis

Management Style: Consultative

Personal Best Achievement: Graduating with an MBA degree with distinction

Professional Best Achievement: Successfully running a structural steel manufacturing unit for over six years and processing over 12 000 t of steel over that period for various construction projects across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands

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

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

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Patrice Motsepe and Barack Obama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Philosophy of Life: I can achieve anything I set my mind on. I always remind myself of this

Biggest Ever Opportunity: I have had many great opportunities but feel the biggest ever is yet to come

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Too many to mention

Hope for the Future: That this nation prospers to its maximum potential

Favourite Reading: Business books

Favourite TV Programme: Explained (Netflix TV series)

Favourite Food/Drink: Sushi and uphuthu namasi/water and beer

Favourite Music: I listen to anything – as long as it moves me and connects with my emotions

Favourite Sport: Soccer

Favourite Website: www.google.com

Hobbies: Travelling and hiking

Car: Renault Megane

Pets: None

Favourite Other South African Company: South African Breweries and Sibanye-Stillwater

Favourite Foreign Company: Google

Married: To Siyamanga Raaleka

Children: Three girls – Kamogelo, Yamasa and Bogaka

Clubs: None