Real Estate Investor Magazine South Africa July 2016 | Page 11

Durban’ s Property Maverick How Billionaire Property Icon Vivian Reddy is redesigning Umhlanga’s skyline W hen Vivian Reddy was 16 year-olds, he was chosen to represent South Africa at a Scout Jamboree in Japan where he met Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. He uttered what eventually became his personal mantra of life –“if you can dream it, you can achieve it”. This was a life-changing occasion for the young scout. Years later he had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela. “He was so impressed by what I had achieved and the contribution I was making to social upliftment that he heaped praises and encouragement as a father would do to a son. This would not have been too remarkable especially for the fact that it had come from one of the greatest persons to ever walk this earth” Central to Mr Reddys strategy is in developing other business sectors by creating relationships with well-chosen international entities. The first major international participation was created with New Zealand Post, now Transend Worldwide. This partnership was introduced into South Africa and we won the largest Tender in the postal sector in Africa. In 3 years the company transformed the South African Post Office into a profitable business and rolled out over a million postal boxes largely in rural areas. As this Country transformed into the postapartheid era, Reddy saw other numerous opportunities emerging, foremost among them was the impending issuing of casino licences. He pursued this opportunity vigorously and developed 4 casinos. Having secured himself as a player in the Casino industry, he set his sights on the lucrative Health Industry in this country. He created and became the Chairman of Edison Health, which was a major supplier of hi-tech medical equipment to the State’s Health sector in addition to supplying pharmaceuticals and having secured a strategic relationship with UCB Pharma of Belgium. “Our entire workforce has adopted the Canei principle (Constant and never ending improvement). That is what business needs to do. You need to consistently and continuously improve yourself. “It’s how we ensure self-development, both as an employee and a private individual,” Reddy points out. “It is one of our life principles: it means that if we consistently improve even the simplest thing by making today better than yesterday, we are growing, we are become better people. BIOGRAPHY Qualifications: Diploma in Electrical Contract Management Age: 63 Married: Sorisha Naidoo, former actress and radio personality and currently a business entrepreneur Children: 5 Currently Reading? Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma Mentors? My dad KP Reddy an Educator, community leader and philanthropist who instilled in me all my values in life Motto: service to humanity is the best work of life JULY 2016 SA Real Estate Investor 9