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Naspers Chairman awards top prizes

Today Mr Ton Vosloo, chairman of Naspers, presented the group’s top prizes at a luncheon held after the company’s annual general meeting.

This year the Phil Weber Award for excellence throughout a career within the group went to Hein Pretorius, chief executive of the MIH Internet Group in Europe. Also to Eben Greyling, CEO of pay-television platforms. This is the highest accolade bestowed for performance in the group.

As chief executive of the MIH Internet Group in Europe, Hein demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic qualities in driving the group’s e-commerce development initiatives; firstly in China and then in Europe. Hein’s initiative and drive is reflected in our move into multiple geographic markets and extending existing businesses into adjacent sectors. His loyalty and ethical conduct are evident in his diligence and ability to lead the European team by example.

As CEO of pay-television with responsibilities spanning 45 countries, Eben Greyling demonstrated his drive and perseverance by growing the sub-Saharan subscriber base to 1,5 million and increased the South African subscriber base to 3,5 million homes - this despite aggressive competition. Overall he administers almost 5 million subscribers throughout Africa, with responsibility for R5,7bn of operating profit. His initiative was evident in introducing localised content, customised channels and new digital platforms.

The Chairman’s Prize recognises a staff member who has walked the extra mile. This year it is awarded to Jacobus “”Toorie” Smith. What makes him exceptional is that you will never hear him say "I can not do it". Even under pressure he will always make time to help. Jacobus is a monitor at the Volksblad group's press office. He has worked for 25 years for us ensuring that daily pages of the Volksblad and thirteen central community newspaper publications are print ready and sent to the press on time.


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