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Full Name: Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba

Position: CEO of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa)

Main Activity of the Company: Seifsa’s core business is to represent and promote the interests of business in South Africa, in particular the interests of the metals and engineeringindustries, through lobbying and capacity building, to provide related services and to build good relations with key stakeholders

Date and Place of Birth: November 2, 1963, White River, Mpumalanga

Education: BA (Hons), Georgetown; MBA, Hull; postgraduate certificate in economics, University of the Witwatersrand; Advanced Management Programme, Gordon Institute of Business Science; Leadership Development Programme, Harvard; Accelerated Directorship Programme, Institute of Directors of Southern Africa

First Job: Junior reporter on The Star in Johannesburg, January 1988

Career History Prior to Current Position: Political editor and executive editor, The Star; deputy editor, The Mercury; editor, The Independent on Saturday, Durban; editor, Daily NewsDurban; associate editor,The IndependentLondon; VP: corporate affairs, Anglo American; head: corporate marketing, Anglo American; public affairs and communications director, Coca-Cola South Africa; group GM: corporate affairs, marketing and black economic empowerment, Sasol; VP: corporate affairs and shared services, PetroSA

Size of First Pay Packet: R1 200 a month

First Job with Present Group: CEO

Value of Assets under Your Control: About R50-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 46

Management Style: Mostly consultative, but differs depending on the situation

Personal Best Achievement: Being appointed South Africa’s first African editor when I became editor of The Independent on Saturday, in 1997

Professional Best Achievement: As above, and being appointed CEO of Seifsa

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Nobody

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Peter SullivanGraeme King and Mike Spicer

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Former US President Bill Clinton and current US President Barack Obama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Patrice Motsepe

Philosophy of Life: Keep an open mind and plan for the future

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Getting to study in the US in the mid-1980s

Biggest Ever Disappointment: My mother’s passing away in 1986, while I was still a university student in the US, and the murder of my brother, Adonis, in June 2009, with no arrests having been made to date

Hope for the Future: That constituency elections are introduced in South Africa, with MPs accountable to their constituencies and not their political parties, and that we rid ourselves of the terrible scourge of corruption

Favourite Reading: Newspapers, fiction and biographies

Favourite TV Programme: Isibaya, on DSTV 161, and Isidingo, on SABC 3

Favourite Food/Drink: Pap and chicken/fruit juices

Favourite Music: I have an eclectic taste in music – any good music will do

Favourite Sport: Football and golf

Favourite Website: Google

Hobbies: Going to the gym, playing golf and reading

Car: Mercedes-Benz

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: The smell of cigarette smoke

Favourite Other South African Company: Sasol and Anglo American

Favourite Foreign Company: The Coca-Cola Company

Married: To Gugu Nyatsumba since December 16, 1995

Children: Busisiwe, 28; Ashford, 26; Gugulethu, 16; Nosipho, 11

Clubs: Johannesburg Country Club, Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Originally Published by: Engineering News | Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu