Andile Mazwai

Chief executive, BJM

Andile Mazwai spent his formative years tending cattle in rural Transkei. How does that translate into big business? It doesn't. Mazwai says he harbours some nostalgia for his days as a herdboy but points out that this kind of hindsight can only be seen from the luxury of his current position as a successful businessman. Mazwai's career began with Barnard Jacobs Mellet Securities where he was equity-sales trader. He went on to found Mazwai Securities in October 2001. Just two years later, his company merged with Barnard Jacob Mellet in a Black Economic Empowerment deal in which the Mazwai Consortium bought 10% of BJM Holdings. He is chief executive of BJM, listed as South Africa's largest independent stockbroker and rated number one in the 2008 Financial Mail survey of stockbrokers. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Espresso, Parkhurst, Johannesburg