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Highlights

  • 01:20 - Navigating difficult times as a business
  • 12:41 - Holding the South African government accountable
  • 25:59 - Entrepreneurs create more opportunities
  • 33:34 - What South Africa needs to do post COVID-19 pandemic
  • 39:19 - Supporting South African tech startups

At 47 years old, Isaac Mophatlane is easily a veteran in South Africa's ICT sector and the broader ICT sector across Africa. It is not because of his age but rather his experience in the industry that qualifies him as such.

From starting, together with his late twin brother Benjamin Mophatlane, as consumer and small business software salespeople at a retail software store in the mid-to-late 1990s in Pretoria, right up to selling a company he co-founded with his brother, BCX (formerly Business Connexion), for approximately $200 million to Telkom, he been in the trenches.

In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, Isaac shares how his journey is continuing as an investor into ICT companies, his thoughts on governance in South Africa, and more.

Biography: Isaac Mophatlane

Lenamile Isaac Mophatlane is the Co-Founder of Business Connexion, which in 2004 merged to form BCX, which went on to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). BCX was later sold to South African telecommunications company, Telkom, for approximately $200 million.

Isaac has co-founded several other technology startups and he currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman and Director of Randvest Capital Investments - an independent and privately owned investment company.

He is also on the board of Exxaro Resources Ltd., Catholic Education Investment Co., and Crossfin Technology Holdings Pte Ltd. and Member of The Electronic Industries Federation.

Podcast notes

Article: How the Mophatlane brothers built a $200 million tech company by iAfrikan.

Company: BCX

Statement: Telkom acquisition of BCX by Ellipsis.

Report: SA Connect Progress Report by Parliamentary Monitoring Group

Article: SA Connect: Another year, another moving target by ITWeb

Article: Africans are charged over 3 times more the affordable mobile Internet rate by iAfrikan

Article: The digital divide is widening across Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic by iAfrikan

Article: Unspent $10 million in South Africa's fund meant for the provisioning of Internet access by iAfrikan

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