Errol Smart

2nd August 2019

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: Errol John Smart

Position: CEO of Orion Minerals

Main Activity of the Company: Metals exploration and development

Date and Place of Birth: August 23, 1966, Boksburg

Education: BSc (Hons) (geology), University of the Witwatersrand

First Job: Geological stope observer, Vaal Reefs gold mine

Size of First Pay Packet: Damn small!

Value of Assets under Your Control: The company has a market capitalisation of close to R1-billion

Number of People under Your Leadership: 60 growing to 850

Management Style: Open-door, interactive

Personal Best Achievement: Raising foreign investment for South African mineral exploration under recent circumstances

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Algy Cluff and the amazing executive team at Cluff Mining

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Someone . . . anyone . . . who can unite South Africa with strong leadership, vision and integrity

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Richard Branson

Philosophy of Life: Aim high and never give up

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Escaping the clutches of the mining majors and getting into the junior resources sector with Cluff

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Witnessing the destruction of the Zimbabwe mining industry

Hope for the Future: That South Africa gets its act together and unites behind leaders with integrity and vision

Favourite Reading: The back of my eyelids after a hard day

Favourite TV Programme: Myth Busters

Favourite Food/Drink: Anything shared with good friends

Favourite Music: Rock

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Hobbies: One day, I will find time . . . promise

Car: Prado

Pets: Spoilt pooches and a cat that kindly allows us to share her house

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Crooks and idiots

Married: To my darling, Josette

Children: Ashleigh, 21; Dylan, 18; Evan, 11

Clubs: Royal Automobile Club of Victoria

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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