The Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s IT group, Business Connexion, Benjamin Mophatlane, passed away last week after a heart attack. Mophatlane’s company recently agreed to sell the business to Telkom SA SOC Ltd, only few months after they entered the Botswana market through the acquisition of Ultimate Solutions and another company in West Africa, Panabiz Nigeria.??
“His death is a great tragic loss to the company and the South African business community,” Bloomberg quoted a statement by Chairman Tony Ruiters.?Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko described the deceased as one of those larger-than-life people; a man who embraced life with passion and enthusiasm.
“His deep humanity shone through in the way he interacted?with people, be it colleagues, staff, business associates, family or friends. It was always a pleasure to meet him,” said Maseko.
Ultimate Solutions is a distributer of brands such as HP, Lenovo and Mecer and has the ability to distribute and manage the warrantee process within the Botswana environment.?It also has three branches in Gaborone, Maun and Francistown and a retail customer base of over 800 stores in the country. With 20 years’ experience and an excellent track-record, Ultimate Solutions provides Business Connexion’s retail focused business units’ access to this market.?”Our recent acquisitions allow us to provide solutions and services that are aligned to customer needs,” said Mophatlane at the time.?Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd is South Africa’s leading IT services provider, (IDC, 2013) and a leading integrator of innovative business solutions based on information and communications technology (ICT).
The company employees over 7000 employees and a track record spanning over 33 years, Business Connexion runs mission-critical ICT systems?and manages products, services and solutions for JSE listed and key public sector organisations, parastatals and medium-sized companies.?Mophatlane was praised as being instrumental in building Business Connexion into a top South African Information Technology group.?”On behalf of Telkom, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Ben’s family and friends, and to all the people at BCX. I hope all of us will be able to draw comfort from remembering the years we shared with him,” said Maseko.