Sanvir is one of our topnotch support desk specialists who joined the MIS family in 2018. He was born in the beautiful coastal city of Durban, South Africa and currently lives in Benoni, Johannesburg with his beautiful wife, Bianca. He’s a big fan of electronic dance music and loves to travel.
Tell me about your family – wife, kids, pets? I Have a loving wife, Bianca. We got married on June 1, 2018. Bianca and I love cooking; we sometimes have “cook-offs” to see who can make the best dish. We enjoy spending time together and experiencing new things. We don’t have any kids, but consider our Cat (Pig) our child, he enjoys chilling on top of my PC while I work. We also have a dog named Groot – he is a cross between Great Dane and Labrador, but he lives with my parents.
What is your favorite food? Butter chicken is my ultimate go-to food of choice.
What’s the craziest/funniest/most outrageous thing you’ve ever witnessed/done? When I was around 4 years old, I managed to sneak out of my house. This, understandably, sent my mom into a panic. She eventually found me...on our neighbor’s roof! To this day, we’re not sure how I managed to get up there but it was definitely the first of many crazy things I did as a child!
Do you have any hobbies? I love traveling and taking random, spontaneous road trips. Exploring new places, trying new things and learning about different cultures is a really great way to spend my time.
Where are some of the places you’ve traveled to? And what was your favorite? I’ve traveled to Australia (Sydney and the gold Coast), Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), India (Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai), UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), USA (New York and Florida), Sri Lanka (Colombo). My Favorite was Miami – Miami Beach was amazing and Orlando – Disney World.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I used to Live in Dubai for four years then moved to Mumbai for three years and moved back to South Africa in 2001, My dad used to work for South African Airways so we had the opportunity to live in these cities and travel quite a bit.
When did you become interested in Electronic Dance Music? When I was 11 or so and I’ve been a fan ever since.
What is one thing you avoid like the plague? Mosquitoes! I probably have around six different mosquito repellent aerosols/devices at all times.
If you had the opportunity to go to lunch with someone that is famous, who would that be and why? Neil deGrasse Tyson – I am fascinated about what is out there, beyond our solar system and galaxy. A good chat with Neil would be life-changing.
What is it about the galaxy and beyond that fascinates you? What do you think is out there? The sheer magnitude of the universe amazes me, I often think about the fact that scientists have found that there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on Earth's beaches and deserts. I wouldn’t say I’m an alien enthusiast but I do believe the universe in all its unknown greatness, has to hold some other forms of life.
What’s your favorite movie? Anything that comes from Marvel Studios – Avengers Endgame definitely sits at the top of the list for me.
Favorite quote? “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” - Bill Nye
Favorite rugby team? The Lions based in Johannesburg.
What did you do before joining MIS? Before MIS, I worked on an IT team at a Facilities management company, providing IT support for all nine divisions based in South Africa and Africa
Tell us a little bit about what you do each day in your job. I work to resolve user issues timeously, I strive to maintain a consistently high standard of work and to provide the user with the best technical customer support experience through the process.
What do you like best about working at MIS? It’s really enriching to work in an environment that presents new challenges daily. Through these challenges, I have been able to grow and develop a whole new set of skills. Another huge plus is how friendly everyone has always been and being able to work with people that have a great team dynamic.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work? Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife watching movies, exploring Johannesburg and Finding amazing restaurants.