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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 30 Jan 2014
ANDREW SMITH - THE MAN WHO REALIZES HIS DREAMS!

HELLO ANDREW! WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM? 
 
Growing up in the rural foothills on a small farm in Natal, South Africa together with my 3 brothers, one of them being a young boy our mother found and adopted from an orphanage in Durban made us a very close knit family. 3 generations earlier my
great grandfather left England to seek his fortunes and adventure in Africa,
starting out in Kenya. Our father built our family house and farm and we
used to help him as children the best we could, between playing, horse-riding, fishing in the lakes and having as much fun growing up in the wild. It took my father 11 years to complete the farm before we all packed our bags to move down to Cape Town
where I finished my schooling and went on to do my 2 years of Military service

WHERE DID LIFE TAKE YOU AFTERWARDS?
 
I left home at 18 years old and after being conscripted for 2 years in the military I enrolled at the Cape Tech to study Graphic Design together with my twin brother. I met my Mauritian wife who was studying in South Africa at that time and we got married as
students. After she graduated in 1988, we set off for Mauritius as a very young couple with board shorts, surf boards and incredible amounts of excitement to surf in a place where very few people had ever surfed. Mauritius was a very different place in those
days with no cell phones, old broken roads, no shopping malls and reminded me a lot of my countryside upbringing, needless to say that my obvious choice was to settle in a really quiet little village of Tamarin which was the home for a perfect life

The highlight of my early years was the birth of my first daughter.
 
COULD YOU SHARE WITH OUR READERS, ANY LIFE-CHANGING LESSONS, IMPORTANT MILESTONES / EVENTS, OR PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT MADE AN IMPACT OR HAD AN INFLUENCE ON WHO YOU ARE TODAY? 
 
Michel Pitot was someone with whom I shared my dreams and someone
who carried on nurturing my passion to create something in Mauritius. I believe that the 3 years during which I worked in the Food and Allied Group, the Chairman Michel de Speville who introduced me to the Mahe de Labourdonnais philosophy was a big
influence on my thinking. Being a visionary himself, everything he did seemed to have a national reason and helped to develop Mauritius. I moved to the Rogers Group under the leadership of another man that influenced my thinking, Dereck Taylor! While
working in the Rogers group my father and I started to dream of making a small boat yard in Black River for him to work in. This interest started to grow and the dream of developing the first marina in Mauritius started in 2003. My father died in 2005 just
after completing his second yacht and this dream started to become an obsession. Together with my very good friend Bertrand Hardy we strived to resolve a plan of securing a site and raising finance and investors to realize our dream. I incorporated Dolphin Coast Marina Estate Ltd and we came up with the name “La Balise.” 
 
Developing La Balise Marina grew my relationship with the well-known Ramdenee family who own large tracts of land in the Black River area. I went on and incorporated Matala
Properties in 2007 and started developing the structure for the shareholders to take over.
 
The Marina Terrace the latest of our developments was incorporated in 2012 to develop 49 luxury apartments in Black River and another Ramdenee Group development.

Between the Ramdenee family, Bertrand and I we have left a trail of some Rs. 4bn of investments into Mauritius, created thousands of jobs and reshaped the future of Black River. My mother died shortly after my father and the message I was left with was: We don’t have a lot of time, so let’s get on with the show!” 
 
WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?
 
I’m really passionate about the Mauritian story; where this little island has not only survived but become an example to the rest of Africa and the world. We have a great culture, great people and we are shaping a great future.  I passionately share Mauritius
with as many people as I can! 
 
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
 
I’ve lived here for over 25 years. I love the ease in which life is lived. Every kind of life problems, business issues or social issues can easily be sorted out because of the willingness of those living here to get on. We have a working democracy, free press, a legal system that works. We have beautiful people, the spicy food and a great climate……..do I need to carry on?
 
DO YOU HAVE ANY CLOSING COMMENTS OR OTHER INFO YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?
 
Yes another quote by George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

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