Matodzi Nesongozwi

3rd November 2017

By: Ilan Solomons

Creamer Media Staff Writer


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Full Name: Matodzi Nesongozwi

Position: CEO of Manngwe Mining since 2010

Main Activity of the Company: Iron-ore mining

Date and Place of Birth: January 14, 1976, Dzanani, Venda, Limpopo

Education: Mphephu High School, matric; national diploma in metalliferous mining, national higher diploma in metalliferous mining, Technikon Witwatersrand; BTech (mining engineering), University of Johannesburg; international executive development programme, Wits Business School; mine manager's certificate of competence

First Job: Iscor, student at the Sishen iron-ore mine, 1998

Size of First Pay Packet: R400 a month

Number of People under Your Leadership: Full-time employees at Manngwe Mining total 24, while contractors total 230

Management Style: Open-office, but with brutal honesty

Personal Best Achievement: Being able to build four mines within a short space of time and the listing of Ferrum Crescent on the ASX

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, Ramudzuli Neswongozwi. Other children used to mock me about my father cycling to work in Louis Trichardt every day, a good 100 km round trip. He would return with two or three bricks daily so that he could build a house for the family

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: They are numerous, but two stand out: Mathatha Tsedu, chairperson of Manngwe Mining, and Ras Myburgh, former CEO of Kumba Iron Ore

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Fortunately, I have met all the people that are important in my industry and in my life. But Sisa Ngebulana, of Billion Group, is one person I would still like to meet, as well as Bantu Biko and Mangaliso Sobukwe in the afterlife

Businesspeople Who Have Impressed You Most: Hendrik van der Bijl, founder of the Industrial Development Corporation, Eskom and Iscor, and Ayanda Bam, of Kuyasa Mining

Philosophy of Life: I do not regret the things I did wrong, but regret the good things I did for the wrong people; they thought they had buried us but did not know that we were seed

Biggest Ever Opportunity: The birth of my daughter and the education that I got through the sacrifices that my mother made, including brewing sorghum beer to support me and my six siblings all the way to tertiary level

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Previously I built two coal mines in Mpumalanga, but the greed and fights and the hijacking of the company left me with a bitter taste, unable to trust people, generally, and politicians, in particular

Hope for the Future: To be able to produce four-million tonnes to five-million tonnes of iron-ore a year in the next five years

Favourite Reading: Biographies and economics

Favourite TV Programme: National Geographic, Discovery and news

Favourite Food/Drink: Mashonzha (mopani worms) and traditional Venda muroho

Favourite Music: House and RnB

Favourite Sport: Soccer

Hobbies: Playing snooker, fishing

Car: Dodge Ram

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Dishonest businesspeople and politicians – they hold the keys to future generation and we cannot hand over the baton to the next generation based on lies and corruption

Married: To Mashudu Kuni

Children: I try to protect them by not mentioning their name

Clubs: None

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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