Robin Greaves

17th February 2012 By: Martin Creamer - Creamer Media Editor

Full Name: Robin Allan Greaves

Position: CE of Chamotte Holdings

Main Activity of the Company: Mining magnesite (magnesium carbonate) and talc and producing Epsom salts and magnesium oxide

Date and Place of Birth: September, 28, 1943, Germiston

Education: St John’s College, Camborne School of Mines, University of the Witwatersrand

First Job: Tally boy at the Phoenix Prince mine, in the then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe

Size of First Pay Package: Seven shillings and six pence a week

First Job with Present Group: CE

Value of Assets: R40-million

Career History Prior to Current Position: The President Steyn gold mine and the Free State Geduld gold mine, up to section manager, 1973; RUC, contracts manager, to 1978; Cullinan Minerals, MD, to 1985

Number of People Employed: 183

Management Style: Involving the people I lead in decision-making

Personal Best Achievement: Attending the World Sailing Championships

Professional Best Achievement: Management buyout from Cullinan Minerals and building Chamotte Holdings

Person Who has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, Redvers Buller Greaves

Person Who has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: David Brink (he taught me baie lekker, mooi)

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The Dalai Lama

Businesspeople that have Impressed You the Most: Richard Branson and Glenda Kemp

Philosophy of Life: Focus on work and play

Biggest Ever Opportunity: I have been lucky and have had many opportunities

Biggest Disappointment: I have been unlucky and have had many

Hope for the Future: That South Africa becomes a more efficient business environment

Favourite Reading: History and travel

Favourite TV: Nature

Favourite Food/Drink: Leg of lamb/red wine

Favourite Music: Great variety

Favourite Sport: Sailing, fishing and cycling

Car: BMW

Pets: Two dogs

Miscellaneous Dislikes: The state of our legal system

Favourite other South African Company: Afrisam

Life Partner: Beverley McCormick

Children: Robert and Elaine

Clubs: Boat clubs