Johan van Wyk. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
Johan van Wyk. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

We question Johan van Wyk, country manager of Cotton On Group, SA.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?

I played in a rock band, love woodwork and am an international judge of large-breed dogs.

Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.

My wife — she is my best friend.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Virtue is important, but always be accountable for your decisions
and behaviour.

What is your biggest indulgence?

I love spending time with people, whether at work or socialising, and having a good single malt to round things off.

What was your first job?

I am a shopkeeper and will always be one at heart.

Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

"We’ll manage it."

What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?

Always be optimistic, but ethical and fair in negotiations.

What is your biggest regret?

In the early days of my career, I missed milestones in my young daughters’ lives as they were growing up.

Where were you when Nelson Mandela was released from prison?

I was in Kimberley, where I had just started out as a trainee store manager of the Ackermans store in the CBD.

What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?

Ones where there is a no-show on a Friday afternoon.

Is there such a thing as "enough money" and, if so, how much is it?

It depends on your viewpoint. Money to me is just a commodity, and enough to get by is enough.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

I don’t read fiction, but I love Jason Statham movies.

Tell us about a hidden gem in SA that not many people know about.

I live in Pretoria and love Kievits Kroon. It’s the best close getaway by far.

What is the one investment you wish you had made, or made earlier?

You can never spend enough time with family and always put people first, in whatever you do.

What are you reading at the moment? And what’s the one book everyone should read before they die?

I am a student of Jim Collins’s work and Good to Great is his best. The Biblical principles are the most valuable for me.

When and where are or were you happiest?

I am probably now the happiest I have ever been in my life — I have a wonderful family and lead a balanced lifestyle; those are most important.

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