Article by: Natalie Müller
Gidani former boss, Bongani Khumalo has been announced dead this afternoon, following Covid-19 related complications.
Mr. Bongani Augustine Khumalo was Born on August 26, 1952 and passed away in December 2020 at the age of 68.
Chairman and Chief Executive of Gidani (Pty) Ltd
Bongani Khumalo was the Chairman and Chief Executive of Gidani (Pty) Ltd. Khumalo is founding President of the South African Men’s Forum. He also served as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Anglo American Platinum amongst many other roles.
Gidani was selected to take over operation of the lottery after the seven-year contract of Uthingo, the first operator, expired on 31 March 2007.
However, following legal challenges about the award of the licence the lottery was suspended until October 2007.
Heartfelt condolences to stalwart businessman and entrepreneur, Bongani Khumalo poured in from former colleaguesin various industries, friends and family.
The National Lotteries Commission Commisioner, Mrs. Thabang Charlotte Mampane was amongst many who sent out their heartfelt condolences and words of encouragement to the Khumalo family dying their time of mourning; in a statement released on the NLC website and social media pages.
Amongst statements from corporate colleagues and clients, social media messages are a-flock, as many express their feelings of shock and sadness by the news of Mr Bongani Khumalo’s passing.
These were accompanied by messages of praise and thanks from those whose lives he impacted positively and provided a meaningful contribution to.
Bongani Khumalo has passed on? Eish…sad news. He was indeed a great and selfless leader. He used to encourage people to be at their best when he was an executive at Eskom then.— Phike (@Phike13) December 30, 2020
Dr. Bongani Khumalo, a true gentleman…. a doyen of black business and advocate for education. I met & interviewed him many times whilst at @SABCNews and @cnbcafrica a man of wise counsel, humility, humanity & providence. May his soul Rest in Peace & Rise in Glory 💐 pic.twitter.com/KosbY2EdJR— Lerato Mbele (@mbele_lnb) December 30, 2020