Graham Herbert

Graham Herbert

Graham Herbert, MD of TEBA (Pty) Ltd

11th August 2023


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Full Name: Graham Robert Herbert

Position: MD of TEBA (Pty) Ltd

Main Activity of the Company: Serving mines and mineworkers in the gold and platinum sectors

Year and Place of Birth: 1964, Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal

Schools and Tertiary Education: Matric, Michaelhouse, 1981; BSc, University of Cape Town (UCT), 1985; MBChB (UCT), 1990; Pew Research Fellowship, Cambridge, 1995 and 1996; AMP, Harvard, 2005

First Job: Medical intern, Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, Welkom, 1991

Size of First Pay Packet: About R5 400 a month

First Job with Present Group: AngloGold Rural Health Initiative – GPS registration of mineworkers’ homes and determination of their families’ needs

Career History Prior to Present Position: Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, 1991; SAMS, 1992; Anglo American Corporation, 1993 and 1994; AngloGold Rural Health Initiative, 1995 to 1999; TEBA, 2000 to present

Value of Assets under Your Control: TEBA has a turnover of roughly R200-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 600

Management Style: I try to listen carefully and lead by example. Technically speaking, I am a consultative leader and, secondly, a directive leader, but you should check with my colleagues!

Personal Best Achievement: Marrying Sally Jackson

Professional Best Achievement: Transforming TEBA from a club of the mining industry into a profitable services business

The Biggest Influence on Your Life: My relationship with Jesus Christ

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: James Motlatsi

People You Would Most Like to Meet: CS Lewis or any world chess champion

Businessperson Who Impresses You the Most: Any businessperson courageous enough to manage with absolute integrity

Philosophy of Life: To fulfil God’s purpose for my life

Biggest Ever Opportunity: The TEBA Black Economic Empowerment deal and the creation of a 25% employee trust with James Motlatsi

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not getting support in 2001 and 2002 from the mining industry for the TEBA rural development initiative

Hope for the Future: That we pay a sustainable dividend to TEBA employees, use TEBA’s resources to help mineworkers (both current and past) and their families to reverse the hardship created by migrancy, and the transformation of the South African economy

Favourite Reading: The Bible, biographies, classics and African literature

Favourite TV Programmes: Sport, wildlife and history

Favourite Food/Drink: Bacon, banana, and chilli pizza/home-brewed Saison Ale

Favourite Music: Classical, jazz, and 80s

Favourite Sport: Playing tennis and padel

Car: Toyota Hilux double-cab (2×4), 2000 model

(Children’s) Pets: One Labrador

Dislikes: Greed and dishonesty

Favourite Other South African Company: Bean There, for its great coffee and fair trade agreements with African farmers

Favourite Foreign Company: Cadbury, for its global role in corporate governance and industrial relations (and for making the best whole-nut chocolate in the world!)

Married: To Sally (née Jackson), since 1993

Children: Three adults

Clubs: Country Club Johannesburg

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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