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Gavin Yeats is an investor in refractories, chromite, and cotton in South Africa. He is involved in Matelec Pty Ltd, an electrical manufacturing and distribution business; a cotton trading and ginning company in East Africa; the Marico Chrome Mine; Vereeniging Refractories; and Columbus Hygiene Systems, which he purchased from the Unilever Group. He first invested in a cash and carry operation, which evolved into a foodservice business with branches in the major commercial centres of Kwa-Zulu Natal and was later sold to the Caterplus Division of Bidvest. Yeats had his early upbringing in Lesotho and Zululand, where his family were traders. Schooled at Hilton College and DHS in Durban, he completed a BA degree majoring in English and History, followed by a Law degree at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg). Yeats has been married to Penny Mills for 11 years and has three children - Sarah, Julian and Samantha. Yeats enjoys reading and travel. He is an avid, albeit poor, golfer and cyclist. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.