ShapeShifter

Meet Mark Barnes, the outspoken maverick tasked with saving the SA Post Office

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The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mark Barnes, the newly appointed CEO of the South African Post Office.

Mark Barnes was born in Mpumalanga in 1956 and was educated at the University of Cape Town and Harvard.

Mark Barnes is a large shareholder and Executive Chairperson in investing and trading solutions company Purple Group.

Mark Barnes was an investment banker at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank and former head of private equity firm Brait.

Mark Barnes is known for his fierce intellect and candour.

UCT is an extraordinary place; the girls outnumber the boys about three or four to one.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

You can’t pay too much for a good business and you can’t pay too little for a bad one.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

I think it’s time for the Rainbow Nation to be left behind and the One Colour Nation to go forward. I love this place! I love it, man!

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

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I’m 59 years old, not 60!

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

Last year the biggest listing in Japan was its post office!

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

The post office in SA has the most clients of all businesses.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

We start with a huge client base and an extraordinary infrastructure.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

There’s no good reason we shouldn’t be paying social grants and retirement benefits out of the post office.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

We must earn the right to capital. We’re not looking for favours from Treasury.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

I see a time when the post office can fund itself independently.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

There are levels of unfairness at the post office. I hope in time that we’ll sift out the ones who don’t want to work.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

The alternatives to the post office must stop thriving! We’re going to take back our lunch!

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

The first guy to pick up a broom to clean his post office will inspire the next guy to do it too. I’m very happy to pick up a broom.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

I’m apprehensive. I hope I have it in me. But I’ll do exactly what I feel is right.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

There are no prizes for whinging! What takes mettle is to jump in and do something about it.

Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office

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