Lisa: What would Durban look like, in your ideal world, in two and a half or three years?
Krish: I’d like to see all of our issues around a smart city coming together. I hope that the plans we have in terms of creating a more dense, compact city with viable public transport come to life, all of our initiatives around the environment are also fulfilled, in terms of reducing refuse and how we recycle, the issue around the wastewater treatment plants and how we modernize that and make them more efficient, our green building programs. When I am in retirement and 20 years from now, I hope to see all these plants come to fruition and that we have far better air quality and that we can enjoy a longer life and that we reduce incidents of ill health. Lastly it’s about water. South Africa has been hit with a lot of drought, so for me it’s about managing water more carefully as a resource. I’d like to see a very productive city with reduced unemployment and an improved quality of life for all.
Lisa: Are there any life lessons that you’ve learned from your job?
Krish: When I started off work, I was a workaholic. In fact, when we got married – my wife keeps on reminding me – we never went on a honeymoon. Virtually the next day I was in the middle of doing a set of financial statements, back at work. But it’s taught me that you need to strike that balance in everything that we do. I think also the spiritual side of life has supported me, I’m very conscious that we need to deliver and give our best in everything that we do. If you ask my wife what she thinks about me, she’ll say that we’ve come a long way. I come from a faith that believes in reincarnation and she’d say she’ll probably be happy to spend the next birth with me.