Confessions of a chrome ore junkie

Apr 26, 2012 | 05:00 AM |

I am 30 years old – a family man. I used to work at a mine. Now my regular job is as a facilities manager at a bank in Johannesburg. In my free time, I do something else. I export chrome ore. I sell to customers in the car industry in Korea and China. For that I mainly use an agent, who I met through my brother-in-law. He works for a large black economic empowerment (BEE) company with a lot of business in mining and the petrochemical industry, and they use this agent for business in Asia. There are thousands like me. Families are built on this business. I know one woman: she has been doing this for many, many years. She’s put her kids through school with this business; bought them clothes, food and a roof. Me? I’ve been doing it for seven years, on and off. My most productive years have been the last two. I work with guys who are doing this full time. But it’s hard to be lucrative in this business. I buy my....

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