Regional Manager: George Meyer

Regional Manager

George Meyer, the Regional Manager of Caxton Northern KwaZulu-Natal, is a well-known face around town. From his avid love of newspapers, finance and publishing. to his fi ne form on the golf course, Mr Meyer embodies success in business. He attributes his career success to one simple philosophy: “You must be able to work with people - from the public, to customers and motivating staff.” Chasing turnovers and being cost conscious are also important, especially in today’s economy.

What kind of person do you think is best suited to a career in media and publishing?
“You must be able to make quick decisions and have a lot of self control. Thinking outside the box is advisable.” The most rewarding part about Mr Meyer’s career remains a happy staff and working environment and well-read newspapers. “Being able to achieve targets is a reward in itself too.”

What does your average working day consist of:
“Every day can be different. Monday mornings consist of meetings. Other days are going through the newspapers, attending to problems, visiting the print plant and travelling to offices outside Newcastle. These include Ladysmith, Estcourt, Dundee and Vryheid. “I also record data relating to factory reports, newspaper results, finances and more.” To pursue a career in media, whether it be journalism, advertising or publishing, a person has to be unafraid to take risks, conscientious and tenacious. Being well-read is also an advantage. Various study options exist at tertiary level to equip potential students with the basic skills needed. These include writing, interviewing and research skills, as well as training in effective communication. On average, a degree or diploma course could take three to four years to complete.

What are the benefits of running a business in a growing economy such as Newcastle?
“At the present time, trading conditions are tough all over. In Newcastle, we are fortunate that we have, to date, escaped load shedding and have a better than average municipality. “The town is, however, dependent on the success of large industries, such as ArcelorMittal and others.”

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