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2013-10-04 11:00

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For the fourth year Kokkie Kooyman has been appointed as Investment Weekly's international fund manager of the year.

You have been nominated as the international fund manager of the year for the fourth consecutive year. Why do you think you have been so successful in this regard?

Years of experience and insight.

I am also very disciplined in my work and I have passion and interest in what I do - I call it 'the search for knowledge and understanding'.

In truth, all my success is directly linked to my hard work.

What is your investment advice?

Firstly, don't invest money if you don't know what you're doing.

Secondly, you have to think in terms of long-term goals.

Any scheme that promises fast growth is not sustainable in the long run.

Lastly, don't make emotional decisions.

How did you end up in asset management?

I received a teaching scholarship after school, studied B.Com and became an Accounting teacher.

When I started with my Honours degree I lectured at the University of Cape Town and qualified as a chartered accountant.

I eventually entered the asset management field mostly thanks to two of my colleagues at the University of Cape Town.

These two lecturers approached me about a financial institution that was failing.

One of the lecturers became the CEO and we were faced with turning the business around.

The experience gave me incredible practical experience because the bank's demise was partly due to its clients being insolvent.

Therefore my focus was constantly double: not only did I have to rescue the bank but I also had to become involved with the companies that were involved with the bank and step in to help as necessary.

After that I moved to Old Mutual asset management. Coronation followed and then Sanlam where I currently work in the Cape Town office.

What did you want to be when you were little?

An engineer - I wanted to build bridges!

In your free time you run, jog and swim. Have you ever considered competing in a triathlon?

I enjoy exercise, it helps me to relax.

My life is very demanding because of my career, so it is very important to me to be able to relax and lower my stress levels.

It is also important to live a healthy lifestyle.

But competing in a triathlon? I have thought about it, but I'm a pathetic swimmer!

3 Places you would like to visit?

I have been to all the major capital cities, but as I travel for work I rarely get to see the real country. I would visit

1. the Serengeti

2. the Sahara and

3. the Amazon.

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