Q: What makes you an­gry – and what makes you happy? Q: Are you proudly South African? Q:. What do you be­lieve should be done to al­le­vi­ate un­em­ploy­ment? Q: Do you have a hobby and if so, what is it?


Abuse in any form to any­one makes me an­gry. Talk­ing down to some­one just be­cause your sta­tus or ti­tle is higher, is an­other painful thing for me to watch. Throw­ing lit­ter out of your car win­dow will get me chas­ing you down and giv­ing you the items back. I am pas­sion­ate about keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean.

What makes me happy is my kids, un­ex­pected hugs and see­ing peo­ple achieve their goals. And an­i­mals - . . see­ing any type of an­i­mal makes me go giddy!

A: SA is such a di­verse coun­try and so rich in his­tory and cul­ture. I don’t think I will find an­other place where com­mu­ni­ties can work so beau­ti­fully to­gether, de­spite our his­tory. My fam­ily is a merry mix of Turk­ish, Bri­tish and In­dian and I wouldn’t change my up­bring­ing for any­thing.

We need to start work­ing with our youth. They are filled with many ideas and need di­rec­tion to be­come bril­liant en­trepreneurs. With the right tools and sup­port they will es­tab­lish sus­tain­able busi­nesses. We have to en­sure that our op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment is con­ducive to at­tract in­vestors and the best way to do that is for the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the busi­ness sec­tor to work to­gether to sort out is­sues such as in­fra­struc­ture etc. If the mu­nic­i­pal­ity lacks cer­tain skills or re­sources, they should not be afraid to tap into the busi­ness sec­tor. Our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must also use lo­cal busi­ness to sup­ply them. This way busi­nesses have a chance to ex­pand and em­ploy more peo­ple. One of the most frus­trat­ing things is the red tape be­fore land gets sold for de­vel­op­ment and that has to be re-ex­am­ined.

I have a love for bak­ing and when I have time, I come up with ideas for cake de­signs with my 11-year-old daugh­ter. You can find me lost in a book at any point. . .

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