Tuesday, 20th November 2018
Logo Islandinfo
Mauritius in your hands            
Home

Find in Mauritius

         
Sight Seeing
Activities
Shopping
Eating Out
Nightlife
Hotels
Body & Soul
Business
Services
Real Estate
Mauritius Map
Mauritius Online Magazine May 2017 Issue
Testimonials
Expatriates in Mauritius
Mauritius Discovery
Mauritius Explore
Mauritius Escape
Voucher

Forthcoming Events
in Mauritius


Events & Galleries
in Mauritius
Min: 19 Max: 27
Partly Cloudy
Other regions of Mauritius
 
Email:
           
EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 27 Mar 2014
GRANT CAINE - SHAPING EARTH

HELLO GRANT, WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM?

I grew up on a small farm in South Africa in the Natal Midlands, this had a 

positive influence on my life as I learned to appreciate the benefits of a
wholesome outdoor life. I also learned the value of good hard work. South
Africa never had TV until I was in high school, when I look back this taught
me to be creative. We were never bored and found ways to entertain ourselves. 

WAS YOUR SCHOOLING IN SOUTH AFRICA ITSELF?

I went to Howick High School which was in those days a fairly small country school. 

My first job was with a local construction company, George Black and Sons Ltd, who 

also sponsored me at Technikon Natal where I studied Construction Management. In 

return I worked for them during my holidays and for my internships every year. For
my first two years my boss, Duncan Black insisted that I work on site with the 

tradesman, at first I was a bit disappointed because many of my friends who were 

sponsored by bigger companies, had what I thought were rather cushy jobs. Looking 

back this is one of the best things that could have happened to me as I learned the 

industry from the absolute basics. I later started my own construction company and 

completed some interesting and varied projects, including the viewing platform at 

Howick Falls, the first phase of the Game Capture center in Umfolozi, and a few 

shopping centers. 

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO OUR ISLAND? DID YOU START UP A FAMILY HERE?

I came to Mauritius in September 2001. My main reason for leaving was because the 

industry was so dead in SA at the time. If I had waited another few months I may 

not have left SA as a building boom started shortly after I left. My brother 

Russell (who was already in Mauritius) and I were minor shareholders with BAI in 

Ireko Design and Construction Ltd. In 2005 I made the decision to leave Ireko and 

start working for myself. Since then, I have done several interesting projects with
great partners in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Madagascar. Recently we made the 

decision to not only be building contractors but to promote our own developments, 

the first of these developments is Mountain View and is under construction in Black 

River. I came to Mauritius with my wife Gayle and four sons. I believe one of
the greatest blessings anyone can have is a good family and I have been very 

blessed. One of the challenges we had when moving to Mauritius was the different 

outlook of the local schools. In SA sport was a very important part of school life 

and our boys loved it. Despite this the boys really enjoyed their school life in 

Mauritius, three of them went to LBIS (Le Bocage) and the forth went to Morning 

Star. They are all studying abroad right now and have many good friends not only in 

Mauritius but literally all over the world. This is a big advantage in the modern 

world. The construction industry may have its frustrations but it can be very
rewarding. Someone told me once that you leave part of your soul in a building
during a project and I often feel that is true.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SPARE TIME?

In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, in particular hiking in the Drakensberg.
I also enjoy playing sport, lately I have been playing tennis and trying to learn
how to play golf. One of my favorite things is to visit game reserves. I also
enjoy traveling and love visiting foreign countries especially visiting sites
that relate to history and seeing how people used to live

« Back
 
Publish your article with us for free
Home | About us | Contact Us | Advertising | Link to Us | Airport   Bookmark and Share Site by: Islandinfo & Maxuz Web Agency