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FM Edition:

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

I used to breakdance in my teenage years.

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

Humility and listening with the intent to understand all perspectives of the participants to the deal.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.

The Kruger National Park.

Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

"Choice is our greatest asset."

What is your biggest indulgence?

Green tea.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?


What is your biggest regret?

None — life is what you make of it!

Where were you when Nelson Mandela was released from prison?

At the University of KwaZulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, studying for my accountancy degree.

What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?

Juba International Airport, South Sudan.

Is there such a thing as "enough money" and, if so, how much is it?

It’s all relative. People should not measure their worth through money, but through the relationships they have and the memories they create.

What was your first job?

I worked as an articled clerk at KPMG in Johannesburg.

Tell us about a hidden gem in SA that not many people know about.

Bellagio restaurant in Illovo, Sandton.

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

Buying a townhouse in Sandton in the early 1990s — it would be worth a fortune today.

What are you reading at the moment? And what’s the one book everyone should read before they die?

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni.

When and where are you happiest?

The day I got married and on the days my daughters were born.