BACKSTORY: Old Mutual Foundation’s Millicent Maroga
We question Millicent Maroga, head of Old Mutual Foundation.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Mama Albertina Sisulu.
What books are you reading at the moment?
As by Fire by Jonathan Jansen, Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami and re-reading The Cry of Winnie Mandela by Njabulo Ndebele.
Which phrase or word do you most overuse?
"So it seems."
What is your biggest regret?
Starting my professional career early in my life. If circumstances had been different, I would have taken two years and travelled to South Asia to teach English or SA history.
Is there such a thing as "enough money", and if so, how much is it?
No. In my world there is no such thing, because of the responsibilities I have in taking care of my family (including extended family) — it’s called black tax.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Spa treatments and books.
What is the one investment you wish you had made earlier?
I wish I had bought property at Ebotse Estate when it was first launched. The property prices have since doubled.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience — sometimes being patient is a waste.
How do you deal with stress? What are your top tips for handling stress?
Running and a bubble bath.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I say to my son I will be home early — yet I know I have a deadline and will be at the office until late.
What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?
Do your research and never be afraid to ask for help if you are unsure.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
I enjoy reading the information leaflets you get inside medication boxes.
What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?
It’s between Kilimanjaro airport and Northern Cape airport.
Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro. I’ve summited the mountain twice and I can never get enough of the beauty and the mystery of the mountain and, most importantly, the humility of the people who work on the mountain — the porters and the guides.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dad. For his love and the sacrifice he made to halt his studies so that I could go to school.