Naspers internet head dies

2012-06-25 07:35

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.”

*Fin24 is a Naspers publication.


  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-25 09:11

    Was he sick? Why did he undergo surgery? Were there complications during the op? Come one News24, details...

      rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-06-25 09:14

      I agree. Far too little information.

      naude.andrea - 2012-06-25 09:52

      Respect Sonja and their children.She'll make a statement when she can.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-06-25 10:12

      @johnny: it clearly states CANCER surgery

  • Freddie - 2012-06-25 10:03

    Any funeral/memorial service in SA? If so where/when?

  • Jo - 2012-06-25 10:04

    Well, a useless article to say the least. Bad Form, N24.

  • mandi.d.plessis - 2012-06-25 11:04

    I had the honour of working with Antonie at MWeb and can say that he was an amazing visionary and a gebntleman.

  • friklinde - 2012-06-25 14:59

    RIP Antonie.

  • RobynAddinall - 2012-06-25 15:13

    I work for Media24 and I met Mr Roux once. He was kind and cared for the company. My condolences go out to his family.

  • musamuskid - 2012-06-25 16:20

    Was it Prostate Cancer?? More info N24..

  • mandi.d.plessis - 2012-06-25 16:41

    I do not understand why certain members of this discussion are asking for more information - what difference will it make in your lives? The report states that it was cancer - surely that is enough.

  • asteyn - 2012-06-27 08:24

    A great loss to the world. Antonie has been a life long inspiration and friend. The world will miss you

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