James Motlatsi

18th July 2014 By: Martin Creamer - Creamer Media Editor

James Motlatsi

Full Name: James Thokoana Motlatsi

Position: Executive chairperson of Teba Limited and nonexecutive chairperson of Shanduka, Platfields and Verimark

Main Activity of the Company: Unlocking human potential and serving mines, mineworkers and the community

Date and Place of Birth: June 5, 1951, Morifi, Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho

Education: Mohale’s Hoek Controlled Higher Primary School, Standard Six, 1969

First Job: Mine labourer, Welkom gold mine’s No 1 Shaft, 1970

Size of First Pay Packet: 40c a shift. (One needed to work 30 shifts, which was more than a month, to earn R12)

Value of Assets under Your Control: Teba turns over roughly R200-million a year but, taking into account my former AngloGold Ashanti deputy chairpersonship and other former directorships, there was a time when I was involved with corporate assets totalling $10-billion

Milestones and Accolades: First National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president; founder member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions; recipient of the Order of Ramatseatsana, Lesotho; recipient of an honorary doctorate of philosophy in social sciences from the National University of Lesotho; founder of the Vaal Reefs Disaster Fund; member of the Justice Melamed Commission on Parliamentarians’ Remuneration, 1994; former University of the Witwatersrand council member; election observer to two Zimbabwe elections; co-author of Do It!; founder member of Adopt-A-School Foundation and Chamber of Mines Presidential Award.

Management Style: I do not know how to manage, but my leadership style is to delegate

Personal Best Achievements: Helping Adopt-A-School Foundation establish 177 schools for 400 000 children in South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique. I am proud that, because of my contribution, the Morifi village of today has a high school, electricity, clean water and a gravel road

The Biggest Influence on Your Life: Politics

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Cyril Ramaphosa

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The person I most like meeting repeatedly is Teba CEO Dr Graham Herbert

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Bobby Godsell

Philosophy of Life: A better life for all

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Leading the NUM

Biggest Ever Disappointment: The failure of institutions of State to deal with corruption

Hope for the Future: That we, the citizens of South Africa, take control of our country, our economy, our roads, our streets and our lives, and no longer look at one another’s class, colour or language, but only at our South Africanness

Favourite Reading: Newspapers

Favourite TV Programme: The news

Favourite Food/Drink: Fish/water

Favourite Music: Traditional

Favourite Sport: No favourite

Hobbies: Working out in the gym

Car: Mitsubishi Pajero

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: No particular dislikes

Married: To Mapula

Clubs: Carlton Centre Gym