Sunday, 2 August 2015


John & Guy
John Miller and I first met 46 years ago, in 1969, when we were completing our B.Com. degrees and were both doing a course in Economic History 2B at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Hall Campus in Orange Street, Cape Town.

Our Economic History lecturer was Mrs Marcelle Kooy, who later became an associate professor. Sharing the same interest in history in general and economic history in particular John and I tied for “first place” in the  B.Com. Economic History 2B class in 1969.

"Reconnecting" in recent times we now we meet regularly for breakfast or coffee where we ruminate and muse over current events in the world and in South Africa and postulate solutions to the world’s and South Africa’s economic and socio-economic problems ...... the joys of 20/20 vision in hindsight!

John, whose late father was the MD of Shell South Africa until 1970, was raised as an Anglican and attended school at Kingswood College in Graham’s Town. John also relates how, after matriculating and later graduating from UCT  he went to see my late Dad, Gordon Macleod, at his office in Paarden Eiland, who encouraged him to obtain his first job within the Barlow Rand Group.  

John started his career at Barlows in one of their two trucking divisions in Johannesburg as an Oshkosh trainee  on 1st January 1970 and for the next 12 years steadily and successfully ascended the corporate ladder, reaching the position of National Sales manager at Isando. In 1982 John left Barlows and joined Orbit Motors, one of the “jewels” in the Mercedes-Benz dealer crown. When Orbit was sold to Malbak and  McCarthy’s took over Malbaks’s share in mid-1995  “McCarthy Truck Centre” was born with John heading up their marketing. 

John retired in 2009 after 39 years in the South African truck industry -  having spent 12 years with Oshkosh and 27 years with Mercedes-Benz.
A successful corporate  businessman, husband to Anita for over 45 years, father to Kevin, Carol and Debbie and now a grandfather, John Miller is a man for all seasons who takes life in his stride and is a  good friend who has sound advice and words of wisdom to offer. 

-          posted by Guy Macleod 2nd August 2015

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