Whitey Basson is back in the driving seat months after his exit from Shoprite, accepting an offer to become an independent nonexecutive director of JSE-listed dairy group Clover.

His return comes after he gave up all his corporate roles in late 2017, stating that he was tired and that Shoprite was now so large that it took up too much of his time. Basson says his return to corporate life is a “toe in the water”.

“If I can give something back, help on operations, make milk cheaper — just not be too busy. Mentally, I can still handle a lot of problems,” he said.

“I will join companies and parastatals for free if I thought I could make a difference in South Africa.”- Business Day Live