Category: Business

Venete Klein – A Leader To Follow

Dr Maya Angelou, the Pulitzer Prize nominated poet and author, educator, historian, and civil-rights activist once said:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” On a few rare occasions I have had the privilege of interviewing and […]

Dr Iqbal Survé – The Man Who Wants To Change The World

He has to be one of the least well-known South Africans, yet he is influential, wealthy and successful. He is well read, well-travelled and well connected, with a clear sense of purpose to make a difference to the big picture. His aspirations are: “To create a more just society in which one day I can […]

Dr Michael Jordaan – Young Leadership At Its Best

Dr Michael Jordaan is a very exciting leader and an incredible example of what young leadership can do in big business. We sat with him a short while ago in what was a fascinating and enjoyable conversation, and just before his announcement that he would be stepping down as CEO of First National Bank at […]

Rob Otty – CEO Norton Rose Fulbright

The leadership success of Rob Otty, CEO Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa, can easily be overlooked. It is a true South African story that should be celebrated in some form. It is a story of a leader that has taken a South African law firm on to the global stage to become one of the […]

Self-Made CEO – Wayne Samson, Ellies Holdings Ltd

Wayne Samson’s rise to the office of CEO of Ellies Holdings Ltd. is an interesting and noteworthy story.  It is so noteworthy in fact that we were contacted by a very persistent young man who was adamant that we needed to sit with Samson so that we could share Samson’s story in this forum. It […]

Zunaid Bulbulia – Redefining MTN

“Thank you Alan Knott-Craig!” may be a strange statement coming from the CEO of MTN South Africa, but these are the exact sentiments shared by Zunaid Bulbulia, their new Chief Executive, as we sat with him discussing leadership and the opportunities and challenges facing him while filling that office. This particular statement came on the […]

Edward Kieswetter – CEO Alexander Forbes

Following a two hour leadership conversation with Edward Kieswetter, CEO of Alexander Forbes, we walked through their magnificent building. It is a spectacular edifice that reflects their values and ethos. What impressed me even more than the building was the way Kieswetter engaged his staff. He greeted them as we walked along.  At one point […]

Dempsey Naidoo – Engineer and Leader Extraordinaire

From being branded a troublemaker after only five months at university as an Engineering student to selling PD Naidoo & Associates to a global engineering group – this may very well be an exemplary story of leadership, entrepreneurialism, endurance, commitment, investing in Africa and all attributes needed to succeed in life. Dempsey Naidoo was born […]

Michael Jordaan – CEO of First National Bank

Michael Jordaan has been the CEO of First National Bank for approximately nine years. The banking industry will not have him for much longer as he steps down at the end of this year.  He will be replaced by Jacques Celliers, currently a member of the FNB Executive Committee. In some ways Jordaan is a […]

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