Ton Vosloo’s remarkable career in the media spanned nearly 60
years in South Africa’s history. During this turbulent time, South
Africa went through the transition from Afrikaner Nationalist rule
to an ANC government. At the helm of the leading press group
founded in 1913 to support nascent Afrikaner nationalism,
Vosloo’s story is not just one of newspapers and politics but also
one of singular business and commercial success as the Naspers
Group evolved from a print group to an electronic company with
significant investments across the world.
In 1983 Vosloo was appointed managing director of Naspers and
set about vigorously transforming the group. On the ideological
front, it was a fight to the death with the old Transvaal’s
predominantly right-wing Perskor Group for the soul of the
Afrikaner. On the commercial front, Vosloo established the pay
television network M-Net. In 1992, Vosloo became chairman of
Naspers with Koos Bekker succeeding him as CEO. The story of
Naspers’ successes in investing in Chinese internet company
Tencent and in establishing a footprint in 130 countries is a
continuing one, but one begun under Vosloo’s stewardship.
In Across Boundaries, Vosloo gives his account of these
momentous times with wry humour and a journalist’s deft pen.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN AFRIKAANS AS OOR GRENSE
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