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Mining Personality
Mining Personality
Mxolisi Mgojo
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4th February 2011
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Full name: Mxolisi Donald Mbuyisa Mgojo

Position: Executive GM: Coal, Exxaro Resources

Main Activity of the Company: Coal, mineral sands, zinc and iron-ore

Date and Place of Birth: May 25, 1960, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Education: Matric, Cambridge High, Massachusetts, US, June 1977; BSc (computer science), Northeastern University, Boston, US, June 1981; MBA, Henley, UK, December 2000; BCom (Honours) in energy studies, University of Johannesburg, 2004; AMP, Wharton, 2008

First Job: Selling and packing books in a book store, 1981

Size of First Pay Packet: R150 a month

First Job with Present Group: Head of marketing, 2001

Value of Assets under Your Control: Multibillion-rand value

Number of People under Your Leadership: 6 500

Management Style: Participative

Personal Best Achievement: Being headhunted from the UK by Unisys

Professional Best Achievement: Being part of the team that created Eyesizwe Coal and Exxaro Resources

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife – she is normally my conscience

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Brian Wegerle (deceased), former executive director of Nedcor. He was a great mentor and friend and made me believe in myself

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Mahatma Gandhi – he inspired and mobilised millions with such dignity and humility

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Warren Buffett – He is among the great business leaders (and other individuals) who have not only made vast sums of money but have also had the heart to share this blessing with others

Philosophy of Life: Give, share, love and make the world a better place

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Eyesizwe Coal

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Before, I thought a previous failed business venture was. In later life, I realised that I learned life-changing lessons during that experience

Hope for the Future: Global respect for South Africa and poverty alleviation

Favourite Reading: Spiritual, self-improvement and business books

Favourite TV Programme: History Channel

Favourite Food/Drink: Universal food taste/water

Favourite Music: Classical and jazz

Favourite Sport: None

Hobbies: Listening to music and reading – I try to go to the gym four times a week and recently started horse riding

Car: Isuzu bakkie

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Corruption

Favourite Other South African Company: African Rainbow Minerals. I admire what the company has achieved in the past ten years. Sasol is a close second

Favourite Foreign Company: BHP Billiton

Married: Thandeka Nyembezi, January 1, 1988

Children: Malwande, 21; Vuyokazi, 14

Clubs: None

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu


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