I came to South Africa in 1970 and began a career in civil engineering materials working in Karoo, on
the Orange Fish Tunnel, the longest water conveying tunnel in the world (60km long). I then moved to
Port Elizabeth and ran a hot mix asphalt plant and a bituminous emulsion factory.
I have worked all over sub-Saharan Africa, in countries such as Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
My current position is Director of Marketing for the Much Asphalt Group, a global conglomerate with
interests as far afield as Canada, Australia and the UK.
I am married with four children, two of whom are in London and two studying in South Africa.
Hank, John, Percy, Turk in Hanover circa Aug 1969
John and Angie circa 1973
John and Angie circa 2006
Clean shaven John with beautiful wife and Nic Fitt (Jonathan Fitt’s son) in Cape Town
Four generations of Onraets
At a formal do in Cape Town with the lovely Angie Xmas 2003
John with two sons in London – July 2009
My guitars – still an old rocker at heart