Meet our newbies

Name: Chris McMaster
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

What would you name your boat if you had one?
I will never own one.  I’m not the best swimmer and based on a cost/benefit analysis I cannot justify having a boat when I spend so few weekends away from the office. ☺  I’d rather make friends with people who have a boat – their boat’s name will probably be “Fishizzle my Nizzle”, or “The Unsinkable II”  (i.e. the first one sank).

What job will you be terrible at?
Most jobs really, but most probably a boat salesman – refer above for explanation.

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
I find most places I’ve visited overseas very interesting from a cultural point of view.  The most interesting from my last time overseas (Hong Kong) is that ALL their scaffolding is merely bamboo tied together with small black pieces of rope – some of these scaffolding structures stretch at least 50 storeys high. I know, right!

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Scary, I know, but it was taken last Saturday in Leon’s office. It was a schedule of the Burgundy developments and I needed it in order to determine if I should include the development proceeds in the 2020 or 2021 year of my cash flow forecast.:)

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
Donkeys… sometimes they can be real asses.

Would you rather fight King Kong or a T-Rex?
I’ve recently enrolled for boxing classes and have had at least 8 sessions to date. I’m pretty confident currently, so I’m sure I could take on both simultaneously… so I don’t have to pick one, the only thing I’d have to pick is a fight with both of them!

Name: Luigi Brown
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant (SA)
Job Title: Accountant

What would you name your boat if you had one?
The Love Boat.

What job will you be terrible at?
Filing, I do it every 4 months.

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
Sydney, so similar to Cape Town, with a beautiful natural environment, and the place where I proposed to my wife.

Which food item would you be and why?
A bunny chow. I like it hot!

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like?
Nicki Minaj

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
A moerse lot of Excel tricks from Chris McMaster!

Name: Steven Hodge
Qualifications:
BCom (Hons) Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management
BSc (Hons) Property Studies
Job Title: Asset Manager

What would you name your boat if you had one?
Hook line and sinker

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
Turkey – very diverse

When do you feel truly alive?
Playing sport, catching a beaut of a wave on my surfboard, pulling in a massive fish, having fun around a braai…

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Last night’s sunset

Which food item would you be and why?
Needs to be something not so nice so no one wants to eat me ☹ so I’d say, Brussel Sprouts!

Would you rather fight King Kong or a T-Rex?
T Rex, he has shorter arms

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like?
Lady Gaga

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
How to make the best Thai Red Curry in Cape Town!

Name: Joseph Rom
Qualifications: B.Eng Civil
Job Title: Project Manager

What would you name your boat if you had one?
Ship Happens

What job will you be terrible at?
Dance Instructor

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
Hoggsback, Eastern Cape. A truly magical place.

When do you feel truly alive?
When I am on top of a mountain.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A half-built wall

Which food item would you be and why?
Sushi. Because I am raw and delicious.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
A dassie. Tourists think they are cute, but I recognize a skollie when I see one.

Name something a person with long legs can’t fit in?
The original mini cooper

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
How to make gunpowder.

Name: Moegammad Ali Waggie
Qualifications: BSc Civil Engineering
Job Title: Junior Project Manager

What job will you be terrible at?
Professional Belly Dancing

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
An empty theme park, Ratanga. It’s a weird feeling walking through your memories knowing they’ll never again be relived.

When do you feel truly alive?
When I’m helping someone out, giving charity, or doing anything beyond the point of being considered mildly dangerous.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A hole in a wall at Waters Edge.

Which food item would you be and why?
A koeksister. Short, round, sweet, and sometimes tough.

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like?
Miley Cyrus.

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
We are the products of everything we’ve ever learnt. The example we set through our actions is our way of teaching the world about who we are. It is a tribute to our knowledge, and to those who gifted it to us.

But to answer your question, I tutor maths, so yeah.

Name:  Marisa Rodrigues
Qualifications: BA Fine Arts with Applied Graphic Design (University of Stellenbosch)
Job Title:  Assistant Project Manager

What would you name your boat if you had one?
B-Yacht’ch.

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
There has been a few, Prieska, Paris, Belgium, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria, we were in the process of moving to Lagos a few years ago. But Chaungo in Angola has been one of the top places to stick in my mind. No matter what anyone tells you, the roads are not even user-friendly for a 1971 Landrover.

When do you feel truly alive?
When I create, whether it is a painting, designing, illustrating or decorating a Barney dinosaur cake, for instance, …uhmm and shoe shopping!

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
My 6-year old showing me his Ninja moves, with mask and soundtrack included.

Which food item would you be and why?
A salted-caramel Spur Chico Ice cream with a red cherry on top! …I am squishy, short, white as a sheet with red hair, but with an unexpected side, too.

Name something a person with long legs can’t fit in?
My shortie wardrobe.

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
Be happy, it drives people crazy!

Name: Ntoitsa Kotelo
Qualifications: BSC Construction Studies (UCT)
Job Title: Junior Project Manager

What job will you be terrible at?
Twerking and waitressing.

What is the most interesting place you have been and why?
Semonkong, (the place of smoke). It is a waterfall that never runs dry and where experts have not figured out where the water comes from.

When do you feel truly alive?
When I’m eating and spending time with loved ones

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A picture of a snag!

Which food item would you be and why?
Nando’s chicken, because everybody loves Nando’s .

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like.
Beyoncé

What have you learned from someone else that you can now teach someone else?
You need to pick your fights because some are just not worth it. Move on and let God.

Name: Michaela Webb
Qualifications: Bsc (Hons) Property Studies
Job Title: Client Liaison

What would you name your boat if you had one?
Usain Boat

What job will you be terrible at?
Baker. I’d eat everything before it left the kitchen!

When do you feel truly alive?
When buying shoes. Haha, no, that’s only half true. On road trips, long or short, lost or not. I enjoy the adventure of finding my way around.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
My dog wearing glasses. You can see I had an adventurous weekend.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
A husky. They have some serious diva sass going on.

Would you rather fight King Kong or a T-Rex?
A boxing match with T-rex. With his little arms, I’d be undefeated.

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like?
Haha, Niki Minaj. I would drop dead on the spot.

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
There is no need to always be stressed about things. Have moments of taking it easy in between the hard work and you’ll achieve the same amount.

Name:  Candice Bothma
Qualifications:  Certificate in conveyancing practice (South African Law School – 2006); 3rd year Health & Social Sciences student (specialising in psychological counselling) (UNISA)
Job Title: Assistant to Cara Barratt 😊

What is the most interesting place you’ve been and why?
Istanbul – the Turkish are extremely hospitable, Topkapi Palace blew my mind completely, the food is amazing and my favourite place off the coast of Istanbul has to be Büyükada Islands (minimal vehicles) and an entire Island to explore by bicycle or foot (I would recommend by bike though) 😉.

When do you feel truly alive?
When I’m running (I run a lot).

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
I took a photo of Theewaterskloof Dam (I had to see the dam level with my own eyes).

Name something a person with long legs can’t fit in?
The DeLorean (from Back to the Future). It doesn’t seem to cater for people with long legs.

What have you learnt from someone, which you can now teach someone else?
Consistency is key – you have to put the hard work in. Now I just need to teach that to my almost 10-year-old son!

Name: Lezarne Lyners
Qualifications: Matric
Job Title: Project Assistant

What would you name your boat if you had one?
Das Genial Ein (which translates to “The Awesome One” in German).

What is the most interesting place you have been and why?
Walvis Bay. It is amazing to see The Sahara Desert on the one side and the ocean on the other side of the same road

When do you feel truly alive?
Driving 160km/ph on the open road.

Which food item would you be and why?
Mac ‘n Cheese. No one can live without Mac “n Cheese.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
A cockroach. We keep on killing them!

Name something a person with long legs can’t fit in.
Mr Bean’s yellow Mini.

Name a female singer you would be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like.
Madonna in the ‘80s

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