oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Taking decisions in a quietly assertive manner : profile of SAICE 2012 president
Martin was six years old when his parents immigrated to South Africa from the Netherlands in 1958. Even though it was 13 years after the end of the Second World War the countries of Europe were still struggling to rebuild their economies. In South Africa, the government was establishing the Sasol petrochemical plant and was launching a recruitment drive for skilled artisans, particularly from the Netherlands and Germany. "My father, who was a fitter and turner at Shell, decided to take up the opportunity. We came out with all our worldly possessions and settled in Sasolburg," recounts Martin. The three boys in the family were later complemented by two girls; Martin is the eldest.
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