Frustrated with school, Bertus de Wet liked to play in the veld with his “kettie” (a slingshot). One day he took his “kettie” along to school to show his friends. They wanted “ketties”, too. Bertus started selling ketties – an entrepreneur was born.
As a kid, Bertus may not have liked studying but he learned a lot about business. (And shooting bullseyes.)
At college Bertus finished a 24 month structural steel detailing course in 18 months. After redrawing many of the training diagrams and helping other students, he stayed on as a trainer for a year.
His second job was at a structural steel detailing company. After just three years at the business, Bertus become a partner. Through the implementation of good systems, efficiency tripled and two years later the business had grown by 60%.
At 29, Bertus sold his shares in what had become the biggest business in the structural steel detailing industry. (For a good profit)