GO! People – Dave Rankin

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DAVID JOHN RANKIN  

Question: What is your occupation?

Answer: I am an entrepreneur/lecturer and currently doing my MBA.

Q: Community/charity work?

A: I am a member of the East London Caledonian Society (ELCS) and ELCS Pipe Band (playing bagpipes at events).

I’m in the M.O.T.H. organisation and a convenor for the Eastern Cape Highland Gathering.

Each of the organisations participate in charitable acts during the course of the year.

The McClelland Adult Centre is a favourite; there are some special people there.

Q: What motivates you to achieve more in life?

A: When I’m feeling down, I remember the cemetery is full of people who would gladly swap places. While I’m alive, I must make the most of it.

Q: What keeps you grounded?

A: I haven’t always succeeded first time around, so I try to stay humble because arrogance breeds failure.

Q: Who is your role model?

So many candidates, living and dead! The first person outside of my family who had a profound influence on me was Mr HB Wegner, then headmaster at Southernwood Primary School. If I had to be anybody except me, I would have chosen Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Q: What is your motto?

A: You only fail when you stop trying.

Q: What do you value most?

A: The love and support of my wife Maureen.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

A:The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

Q: What would you like to see change in our country?

A: The return of personal responsibility. This country has so much potential and too many whiners.

Q: What is your favourite East London family spot?

Nahoon beach, first thing in the morning, when all the dogs and owners meet.

Q: Where is your favourite place to eat in East London?

Lavender Blue.

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