The head of the world’s 19th-largest stock exchange appears to be happiest clinging to a sheer rock face, waves crashing far beneath her, or floating, suspended by a single rope, from the soaring Wolfberg Arch in the Cape’s otherworldly Cederberg.

Avid mountaineer Leila Fourie moved back from Australia to SA a year ago to head the JSE after a three-year stint as CEO of the Australian Payments Network. Back then, there was no hint that a deadly virus would soon rip its way through the world.

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