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Rupert Neelands

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Abram Rupert Neelands (1881–1971), Chairman of Cementation Co Ltd.

The Francois Cementation Co was in need of strong direction. One of the board members, John A. Agnew, of Consolidated Goldfields South Africa asked his son-in-law, Abram Rupert Neelands, a Canadian mining engineer, to look over the company and report its prospects. Rupert produced a report which was forwarded to the board. The shareholders were impressed and asked Rupert if he could commit to the company. The offer was accepted on the basis he had 'full charge and complete control'. Rupert took over management of the business in 1921. [1]

1961 Retired from the chairmanship of the company and became President.

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