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Naspers internet head dies

Jun 25 2012 07:35

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Cape Town - The head of MIH and Naspers’ internet operations worldwide, Antonie Roux, has died.

He was 54.

Roux died on Sunday in a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, after undergoing cancer surgery.

Roux was also a founding member of M-Net.

He had worked for Naspers [JSE:NPN], Africa's largest media company, for over 20 years beginning from junior technician right until he became the chief executive officer and director of MIH Holdings as well as the CEO of Naspers Internet Operations at the time of his passing.

His excellence and contribution to the company were recognised when he was awarded the Phil Weber Award in 2008, the highest accolade in the Naspers Group.

Ton Vosloo, the non-executive chairperson of the Naspers board, told Die Burger that Roux was a pioneer in the internet space. “He was one of the big builders of the new media, “ Vosloo said.

Naspers CEO Koos Bekker said Roux’s main characteristic was his exceptional lust for life. "He was curious about everything and anyone; very loyal.

"He was one of the few people worldwide that made a seamless transition from print media to television and the internet.”

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