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Gijima founder and chairman Robert Gumede is a real charmer. He showed that again after my late morning call yesterday. I rang to follow up on a shock SENS announcement that his closest business associate, Carlos Ferreira, had left the building. Within a few minutes Gumede had rounded up his company’s interim CEO, cleared their diaries, jumped in his car and sped through from Pretoria to join me in Sandton for CNBC Power Lunch.
WBHO chairman Mike Wylie is not your average corporate executive. He has been with the company 38 years, lives modestly and eschews Plett and Cape Town to holiday annually in lower profile St Francis Bay. Even at 62, he prefers surfing to wining and dining; and his idea of an ideal night out is a movie with wife Wendy. Wylie loves building things and believes his firm does it damn well. But right now he’s in the crosshairs of an angry nation.
My Act Two begins tomorrow. Thank goodness. Eight months is really long when kept from your passion. I get what Confucius meant when he said if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. Borrowing from another wise man, I’m determined to tap dance to work. Every day for the rest of my life.
This insightful piece was posted on LinkedIn by the founder of Microsoft. He shares the best things he has learned from his bridge partner and friend Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Some of it expected, some not. Like the reminder that time is the most precious asset we will ever possess.
I had a wonderful, peaceful dream last night. Was helping a group of youngsters with something arty and asked my son Travis to lend a hand. He did. Gently, patiently, with a smile. Woke up this morning with heart rest. Travis, you see, passed away five years ago today. He was 21 years, seven months and 14 days old.
Little provides more pleasure than witnessing the flourishing of those once mentored. Over the years I’ve enjoyed great joy watching the progress of many whom I helped guide during their early years in financial journalism. But few public accolades struck as delighted a chord as seeing former Moneyweb colleague Micel Schenhage honoured this week as 2013 Property News Journalist of the Year. Hers is a really special achievement.
Here are my Tweets from the afternoon session of the Berkshire Hathaway AGM. Have occasionally expanded the original Tweets to provide context (additions in brackets).
Much as we Tweeples like to believe otherwise, not everyone’s yet converted to Twitter. So for those who missed my live Tweeting from the Berkshire Hathaway AGM in Omaha, all the postings are together in this and the next piece. They give a great overview of what the 30 000 of us heard from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger on Saturday.