Who do you look up to for inspiration?

Editorial Team
Editorial Team

To round off each issue, we ask our contributing business leaders for their views on the same question: “Who do you look up to for inspiration?”

Jacques Theunissen, CEO, Kuku Foods East Africa  

“I really look up to both my parents and my wife. My father taught me to work hard, and that honest work will always be rewarded. I have learned so much from him about life and doing business. My mother and my wife both motivate me and remind me how lucky I am to be able to do something that I love so much every day. They are the engines and steering wheel behind my ship!”    

Teshlin Akaloo, Managing Director, NetcarePlus

“Dr Richard Friedland, CEO of Netcare, has always amazed me with his unwavering commitment to contributing to healthcare. He has been instrumental in building Netcare as a whole and has silently been part of a team that has saved countless lives over the last three decades. His humility is astounding. 

“I look to my team for inspiration on a daily basis. I always look forward to interacting with them, and they give me the confidence and energy to be the best that I can be – both for the business and for them. 

“I also look to my wife – she has a profound way of seeing the world, one that pushes me to be a better leader, a better employee, a better father, and a better person.”  

Jacques Badenhorst, CEO, Maatla Resources

“First and foremost, I look up to our Lord and Father for inspiration, who has made everything possible. Even through the difficult times the company has faced, we have always found a way to push forward.” 

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