Financial Mail - - CROSSWORD CRYPTIC NO 82 - CEO: The Un­lim­ited

What’s your one top tip for do­ing a deal?

Be pre­pared, be your­self. Trust is what seals the deal.

What was your first job?

How much was your first pay cheque, and how did you spend it?

What was the one thing you wish some­body had told you when you were start­ing out?

What have you most en­joyed or dis­liked about the lock­down?

What, if any­thing, would you have changed about SA’S ap­proach to lock­down?

What would you go back and tell your younger self that would im­press him?

What’s the most in­ter­est­ing thing about you that peo­ple don’t know?

Work­ing at the Amer­i­can Fudge Fac­tory when I was 17, for two years. My first job out of univer­sity was as an ar­ti­cled clerk at Deloitte.

At the fudge fac­tory, I earned R10 an hour. At Deloitte I earned R4,000 and bought my­self a brand new Titleist Driver and Ping Put­ter (I am a very keen golfer).

My dad ac­tu­ally gave me great ad­vice: be pa­tient and fo­cus on build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause money fol­lows ex­pe­ri­ence, not the other way around.

I most en­joyed spend­ing qual­ity time with my fam­ily. I did not en­joy the fact that I could not get out, run on the road and trails, and not be­ing able to spend time on the beach.

I think the de­ci­sion-mak­ing team could have been more de­lib­er­ate in com­mu­ni­cat­ing the ra­tio­nale for cer­tain lock­down reg­u­la­tions.

I work for, and have the hon­our of lead­ing, an in­cred­i­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, The Un­lim­ited, that has shifted my life and con­tin­ues to shift the lives of thou­sands of South Africans ev­ery day.

I think I’m a good handy­man, so the ma­jor­ity of fix­ing and main­te­nance re­quired at home I try to do my­self be­fore call­ing in an ex­pert.

What is the one in­vest­ment you wish you had made, or made ear­lier?

Buy­ing shares in Sa­sol ear­lier this year when they hit R30 — just kid­ding, though that would have been great. I should have started the dis­ci­pline of putting money away into in­vest­ments ear­lier in my ca­reer and not wait­ing for an in­crease in earn­ings be­fore start­ing.

If you were Cyril Ramaphosa, what would you change, or do, to­mor­row?

I would in­flu­ence cor­po­rate SA to do more. Ev­ery­one needs the dig­nity of a job and in­come. Where SA finds it­self now, I would be in­flu­enc­ing se­nior lead­er­ship in cor­po­rate SA to put peo­ple be­fore profit and share­holder re­turns.

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