Ger­rit Smit

Financial Mail - - MONEY&INVESTING - Fund man­ager, Stone­hage Flem­ing

If some­one came to you to­mor­row with R100m to in­vest in just one com­pany, which would it be?

Ac­cen­ture. The sin­gle most im­por­tant is­sue to in­vest for in a busi­ness is the one of sus­tain­able or­ganic growth. While evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy will al­ways cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth, Ac­cen­ture is one of the few ex­am­ples where their par­tic­u­lar ser­vices in tech­nol­ogy will al­ways be needed to as­sist clients into new tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments. While all tech­nol­ogy may not be sus­tain­able, Ac­cen­ture’s ser­vices in tech­nol­ogy should be. They have an out­stand­ing record in this con­text thus far.

Which tal­ent would you most like to have?

The abil­ity to al­lo­cate one’s time and ef­fort wisely and most pro­duc­tively.

What was your first-ever job?

Ac­tu­ar­ial clerk. Then I dis­cov­ered the more ex­cit­ing as­set side of the bal­ance sheet.

If you could fix one thing in SA today, what would it be?

Most coun­tries have room for im­prove­ment on the education front. SA, in par­tic­u­lar, has some catch­ing up to do.

What’s the best in­vest­ment you’ve ever made?

The in­vest­ments in our chil­dren’s education (and still in process).

If you found a lot­tery ticket to­mor­row that had won $100m, what would you do with it?

Re­turn it to the lot­tery agency, and of­fer my ser­vices should it be pos­si­ble to in­vest it on be­half of a de­serv­ing char­i­ta­ble cause.

What’s your favourite song?

Elvis Pres­ley — “If I can Dream” (fea­tur­ing the Royal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra).

What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

Self-re­spect.

On what oc­ca­sion do you lie?

Elvis is alive!

What was your last pur­chase?

A Her­mes tie.

What is your great­est ex­trav­a­gance?

Hol­i­days.

What travel ex­pe­ri­ence is on your bucket list?

The North­ern Lights.

Ap­ple or Sam­sung (or Nokia)?

I wish only. I could opt for Ap­ple’s ser­vices busi­ness

Name a place you’ve been to that lives up to the hype.

Hong Kong. The buzz and bright lights with the can-do cul­ture are phe­nom­e­nal.

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